- The Eastern Cape is facing a surge in Covid-19 cases and with infections in schools spiking, education is in the spotlight
- Superintendent-general Themba Kojana has called for schools to remain closed until August
- Kojana says that matrics should be the only grade in school until the situation is under control
Eastern Cape superintendent-general Themba Kojana has called for schools in the province to remain closed until 3 August.
This plan will see only matric students staying in the classroom and comes as a response to an increasing number of pupils contracting Covid-19. Over 200 schools are closed as a result.
DispatchLIVE reports that the proposal had followed a virtual meeting between the provincial executive committee and the SA Democratic Teachers Union.
Kojana noted an increase in infections, saying it may result in the province being unable to respond to the spike in cases:
“The deviation request indicated that we as a province would like to request that all other grades — including Grade 7 – only return on August 3 in order to allow the department time to implement further control measures.”
Kojana indicated that the Education and Health Departments would collaborate to ensure the situation is under control. He pointed out that time was needed to “align current plans to address the expected increase in infections within the province”.
Education MEC Fundile Gade noted that 15 fatalities had been recorded in his department alone, calling for the plan to be reconsidered:
“There is a need for a discussion at a national level to reconsider the phasing in of other grades that were scheduled to be back on July 6 for strategic reasons,” he added.
Briefly.co.za reported that Education Minister Angie Motshekga is currently under immense pressure over the plan to reopen schools.
Numerous unions and political figures have slammed the plan as premature as the nation braces for an expected spike in infections.
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