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DBE: The Schools that have been hard hit with Covid-19 and what the Government has decided

Kukizi 06/28/2020

View pictures in App save up to 80% data. Since the schools reopened its doors on the 8th of June 2020,there has been cases of Covid-19 cases which have led to the closure of schools. When schools reopened on a Monday the President of South Africa Mr C Ramaphosa noticed South Africans that the country had to brace itself for a surge in Covid-19 cases as the economy was slowly opening and becoming active.

Despite the strong message from the President 's weekly media update ,there was no turning back by the Department of Basic Education as schools had already reopened. The Department of Basic Education had put all the necessary precautions to ensure that when schools reopened it would be safe for learners and teachers,but it has not been the case.Everyday schools have recorded cases of Covid-19 and it has even let to their closing.


STATISTICS COUNTRYWIDE

The Department of Basic Education according to the News24 had recorded 523 pupils and 1 169 school staff members having tested positive for Covid-19. According to a statement on Saturday, the department said 775 schools across South Africa had been impacted.

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The statement further revealed that the schools had been temporarily closed and reopened around the country in the past three weeks to allow affected areas to be disinfected.

The Department also stated that schools, just like clinics, police stations, shops, mines and other frequently visited places had also found themselves also having to close and reopen.

The action was in response to infections identified during the screening process and in line with health protocols on how to treat and environment with possible contamination according to the department of Education.


ENCOURAGEMENT FROM THE DEPT.

The department urged schools to strictly follow health protocols to manage Covid-19.It went on and called on schools to ensure that pupils and employees were screened using the Department of Health Covid-19 procedures and questionnaire.

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It was stated that learners and employees were to report any of the following additional symptoms:

" body aches, loss of smell or loss of taste, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, weakness or tiredness."

There was also call for schools to also ensure that pupils and employees were informed on the correct use of cloth masks and that a risk assessment is conducted to identify employees needing PPE, the department said.

The Department of Education added that schools played an important role in the efforts to control the spread of Covid-19. It was because of this that schools were mandated to take steps to circulate information about the disease and its potential transmission within the school community.

There was call for schools to prepare to take the steps necessary to prevent the spread of Covid-19 among teachers, members of staff and learners.

Another call that was made was that school plans should also be designed to minimise disruption to teaching and protect pupils and staff from stigma or discrimination, the department said.

The Department of Education stated that plans could build on the recommended everyday practices (the Golden Rules): encouraging conscientious hand hygiene (frequent and thorough hand washing and avoidance of touching of the face and eyes), cough etiquette, staying at home when sick, and monitoring absenteeism and communicating routinely.

RECENT CALLS TO HAVE SCHOOLS CLOSED

There has been calls recently by the teachers in Western Cape and parents to have schools closed because of the surge in Covid-19 cases.

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In response to this call , the Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga when she was addressing the readiness of schools for accepting more grades in July was not moved at all, but instead said that schools that did not meet the Covid-19 standards would not be allowed to accept more grades.

She added that a number of schools countrywide were ready to accept more grades in July and that preparations were going on quite remarkably.

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Top Comments
RamaselaRabothata · 06/28/2020
Many schools are not ready
GobizaP · 06/30/2020
The behavior of Mrs Angie is the same behavior of the ruling party(ANC) to them people are just numbers, no human value.

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