Ramaphosa addresses SA: Schools to close, academic year extended

Ramaphosa addresses SA: Schools to close, academic year extended

- President Cyril Ramaphosa has once again address South Africa on the Covid-19 pandemic

- In a briefing held on Thursday evening, Ramaphosa shed some light on the plan for SA's schools ahead of peak infections

- This comes after the unions placed immense pressure on the Department of Basic Education to immediately close the sector

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has once again held one of his 'family meetings' with South Africa on Thursday evening.

Ramaphosa announced that all public schools will be closed for the next four weeks, something he says is the international practice in the face of high infection rates.

Schools will close on 27 July and reopen on 24 August with a few exceptions. The current academic year will be extended past the end of 2020.

Grade 12 learners will only have a 1-week break and will be returning on 3 August, while Grade 7 learners will return on 10 August.

Touching on corruption with regards to the immense Covid-19 relief funds, Ramaphosa listed a seemingly never-ending number of ways individuals have pocketed during the crisis.

"Corruption puts lives at risk, particularly at this time."

The President assured the nation that harsh consequences would be facing those found to have illegally benefited from the pandemic.

Ramaphosa addressed the nation on Thursday evening. Image: GCIS
Source: UGC

READ ALSO: Report: Cabinet expected to shut schools for 3 weeks ahead of peak

Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the Educators Union of SA has promised to forcibly shut schools down as it pushed its message against Covid-19 fatalities in school.

Union president Sicelo Bhengu insists that his union and its allies are unafraid of law enforcement and were prepared to be arrested for confronting the 'sheer arrogance and gross attitude' of Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga:

“We are not worried about the law enforcement agencies. We are more than prepared to be arrested fighting to protect the innocent lives of teachers and learners."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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