Despite surge in COVID-19 cases, South Africa reopened its schools for pupils of certain grades on June 8.
The schools have been reopened after being suspended for more than two months pertaining to the lockdown measures put at place by the South African government to stem the spread of the virus.
Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga said, “We can now say with confidence that about 95 percent of our schools have been ably provided with the COVID-19 related imperatives” for reopening.
The Department of Education of South Africa had originally planned to reopen schools on June 1. It was further postponed to June 8 to provide schools with ample amount of time to prepare for resumption in order to comply with the health, safety and social distancing measures.
Angie Motshekga added, “We have done and will continue to do our level best to ensure that our schools are safe. All of us are therefore called to do whatever we are expected to do, to ensure that our school communities and spaces do not become the new hotspots for the COVID-19 pandemic.”