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Department of education in the Eastern Cape is plotting ways to curb Covid-19 infections at schools

maxmpho 06/29/2020

View pictures in App save up to 80% data. The Eastern Cape department education said it's looking for new ways to curb Covid-19 infections at schools, including testing learners before returning to class.

This comes after Learners at Makaula Senior Secondary tested positive of the deadly disease coronavirus. At least over a hundred and fifty schools in the Eastern Cape have been affected by Covid-19 since reopening earlier this month. 

Eastern Cape, Education MEC, Fundile Gade said "the 105 learners that have not been quarantined and not been identified yet are outside the institution of learning and are coming from outside the province."

The MEC Gade further said new methods are needed to deal with the virus at school hostels, before other grades return.

"My sense is that the majority of the learners picked up this virus before they arrive here. There is going to be a need of a wall to wall plan that does not only talk about education but rather broadly, how do you secure the society,are we still correct to say lets test people with symptoms" said Gade.

Meanwhile, the teachers' union SADTU wants Basic Education department to postponed the phasing in of more grades at schools across the country.

This comes after basic education announced that 523 learners and one-thousand-169 school staff members have tested positive for coronavirus.

Source: opera.com
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