S. Africa to re-open schools on June 1 in phased easing…

first_imgKWAZULU-NATAL, SOUTH AFRICA – 2018/11/12: Children at the Nkomo Primary School in Mnqobokazi, South Africa. The school is sponsored by the Africa Foundation, a non profit organization funded by South African luxury tourism group and hotel management company andBeyond, who divert profits from safari lodges to support community development projects in Africa. (Photo by Leisa Tyler/LightRocket via Getty Images) FILE PHOTO: Children at the Nkomo Primary School in Mnqobokazi, South Africa. (Photo by Leisa Tyler/LightRocket via Getty Images)South African schools will be opened on June 1 for Grade 7 and 12 after closing to curb the spread of COVID-19, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has said.The schools will re-open in a risk-adjusted and phased manner; parents who are afraid that their children can contract the virus can keep them at home, the minister said Tuesday night.“The forced closure of schools to slow down the spread of coronavirus was a necessary step to take. It remains an important step that was taken to contain the virus as quickly as possible and to save lives,” Motshekga said, ” We agreed that we needed to rise from the coronavirus pandemic working closely together and move forward albeit under different conditions.”“This is unchartered waters and that’s why we relied heavily on the advice of the experts in the medical fraternity. Countries around the world have been easing restrictions on economic activity while putting in measures to contain the spread of the virus. We have had to consider reopening schools under strict conditions as well,” she said.The government said mechanisms have been put in place to monitor the schools to ensure there is no spread of COVID-19.Medical supplies, including sanitizers and masks, have been delivered to schools, which would be sanitized before re-opening, Motshekga said.Related Containing COVID-19: Lockdown to begin in South Africa Talk Africa: Is Africa ready to re-open?center_img Talk Africa: Africa’s response to COVID-19last_img read more