CAPE TOWN- All South African public schools will be “taking a break for the next four weeks,” and the current academic year will be extended beyond the end of 2020.
President Cyril Ramaphosa made the announcement on Thursday evening during a live address.
Here’s when schools will close and reopen:
- Schools will shut from 27 July and will reopen on 24 August.
- Grade 12 learners and teachers will only take a one week break and will return to school on 3 August.
- Grade 7 learners will take a two week break and will return to school on 7 August.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga will provide details on the management of the remainder of the school year.
Since the President addresses the nation 11 days ago more than 130 000 new Covid-19 cases have been recorded.
South Africa has the 5th highest number of Covid-19 infections in the world with 408 052 cases and accounts for half of the cases on the continent.
Infections in the Western Cape have started to slow down and the province may have passed the peak of Covid-19 infections.
As South Africa approaches its peak of COVID-19 infections, we must take the cautious approach to prevent schools from becoming sites of transmission. pic.twitter.com/xxe1HtCfho
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