President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that schools will officially pack up for four weeks, because the coronavirus pandemic cases continues to get on the increase within the country.
This was after numerous stakeholders and unions came up with facts to influence the Cabinet’s decision. the cupboard has finally decided to suspend all classroom activity until late August.
All schools are going to be closed from 27 July until 24 August. Grade 12 are going to be asked to return on 3 August after a 1 week break, and Grade 7 will return to class on 10 August after fortnight off. More details are going to be shared for other grades in due course.
The decision was reached after a consultative session between Ramaphosa, Minister Angie Motshekga, teaching unions and various other stakeholders within the education sector. Motshekga and her colleagues thought schools are going to be opened back in July but the President has moved it forward because the safety of youngsters has been prioritised.
This announcement was made in an address to the citizens on Thursday, July 23rd.
“With the amount of infections rising in many parts of the country, there are calls to shut schools again. The Department of Education has now met with 60 organisations, and it’s also consulted with a council representing education authorities in each different provinces, giving us some very divergent views”.“Cabinet has decided that each one public schools should take an opportunity for subsequent four weeks.”Cyril Ramaphosa
As the wave of Covid-19 shows no sign of relenting, this decision is seen as a far better way of protecting the young ones.