Public schools to close again due to COVID-19
President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced the closing of schools last night due to the peak of Covid-19
The President together with the cabinet have decided to close schools for four weeks, following the increase of confirmed coronavirus cases. The schools will close on 27 July 2020 and reopen on 24 August 2020.
However, the grade 12 learners and teachers will get a one-week break, returning to school on 03 August 2020. Grade 7 learners will have two weeks break, going back to school on 10 August 2020.
Furthermore, specific arrangements will be made for different categories of special schools.
Throughout this period the National School Nutrition Programme will continue to operate so that all learners or their parents can collect food directly from schools. The president said the 2020 academic year will be extended.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga will give details on the extension. The country now has 408, 052 confirmed cases of COVID-19. South Africa now has the fifth highest number in the world of confirmed coronavirus cases.