Threats shut down schools over surge in COVID-19 cases

Threats shut down schools over surge in COVID-19 cases

The Congress of South African Students (COSAS) is threatening to shut down schools that are not abiding by the COVID-19 regulations.

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Recently, Grade 6 and 11 pupils returned to school as part of the Department of Education's phase-in strategy. 

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COSAS spokesperson, Zithulele Ndlela says they are concerned about the increasing numbers of COVID-19 positive cases. 

He says they have been informed of a number of schools that are putting lives of teachers and learners in danger. 

If the Education Department doesn't make any changes, COSAS says they will be forced to shut down schools.

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"Many of the schools in parts of the country - the regulations of COVID-19 are not being adhered to," says Ndlela. 

"Many schools, more especially in which in the beginning week of reopening of the school, some testers and thermometers were not working." 

Ndlela added: "Schools did not have [the equipment] for screening to do the screening at the entrance of institutions of basic learning. That's how we were able to know and understand."

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