South Africa has been forced to close its public schools again for a month from Monday following the recent surge of the novel coronavirus in the country, said President Cyril Ramaphosa.
The country has witnessed 408,052 people infected by the disease, the fifth highest in the world, and the death of more than 6,000 people.
Rising infections have caused concern among teaching staff, with unions calling on the government to revoke its decision to reopen schools for certain grades in June.
“Cabinet has decided today that all public schools should take a break for the next four weeks,” Ramaphosa said recently in an address to the nation, adding that the academic year that is due to end in December would be extended.
Schools will be closed from 27 July and are provisionally scheduled to reopen on August 24.
“We have taken a deliberately cautious approach to keep schools closed during a period when the country is expected to experience its greatest increase in infections,” Ramaphosa said.
Nigel Bell, Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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