Schools re-open – with mixed results

Schools across South Africa opened on Monday 8 June, after a two-and-a-half month shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

For many schools, only Grade 7 and 12 pupils were welcomed back; however, smaller private schools that passed inspection were able to open fully.

Gauteng reported 85% attendance of both teachers and pupils on the first days of back-to-school after the lockdown closure. There are now 30 schools in Gauteng that have reported cases of Covid-19.

The Western Cape, which began classes a week earlier on Monday 1 June, says 55 schools have been affected by cases of Covid-19 in the province. A total of 11 Western Cape schools were closed on Friday last week due to Covid-19 concerns.

A Port Elizabeth high school teacher tested positive for Covid-19, resulting in the closure of Ikhwezi Lomso Comprehensive High School in Zwide township.

In East London, Parkside Primary School and East London Secondary School have both closed indefinitely due to suspected Covid-19 cases.

Two Durban high schools were forced to close on Tuesday after a teacher at each school tested positive for Covid-19.
Matric pupils at Clairwood Secondary and Apollo Secondary, both situated south of Durban, were cautioned to remain at home one day after school resumed on Monday.

On Tuesday evening, there were a total of 52 991 confirmed cases of Covid-19 across SA, with 1 162 fatalities.

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