- David Mabuza says that schools need to stay open if the academic year is to be saved
- The deputy president was adamant despite almost 100 teachers and 1787 pupils testing positive for Covid-19 in the last 48 hours
- The number of schools which close due to Covid-19 is changing all the time due the spread of the virus
Deputy President David Mabuza has said that if the academic year is to be saved, schools will have to remain open.
Briefly.co.za learned that this is despite almost a hundred teachers and 1787 pupils testing positive for Covid-19 in the past 48 hours, including the deaths of two teachers.
He told teachers and pupils to stay in school while on a visit to the North West according to IOL.
“Your classmates are coming back. What must happen now is that we must learn to live with the virus."
“The school is prepared so that we avoid some of you becoming infected. I am happy that you have saved the academic year. In three or four months, you will be sitting for your exams.”
Provincial education spokesperson Bronagh Hammond said that the number of schools having to close was changing all the time due to the virus spreading.
“On Monday 18 schools were closed, on Wednesday 15 and (on Thursday) 28 schools. It changes every day. It must be noted that closing a school may not be necessary. It is dependent on when the case was reported. "
"A school can be cleaned over the weekend and thus not affect teaching and learning, or a school may be closed partially in a specific area,” she said.
Although there is no rule on publishing which schools had staff or pupils test positive, Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schäfer said that staff and parents would be told.
“Obviously, parents of learners at a particular school where a Covid case is found, as well as staff, will be informed; it’s their right and we will do so.”
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that Prof Mignon McCulloch has revealed that children's mental and psychological wellbeing improves greatly when they are at school as opposed to staying at home. She is the head of paediatrics at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Cape Town.
Many children face issues at home and are better off at school, their emotional and educational are better catered for in a school setting.
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