South Africa’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa, announced on Thursday a new closure of the country’s schools, which was partially reopened in early June due to the increase in coronavirus cases.
The President, in a speech to the nation, argued that “opening schools, the health and wellbeing of students and teachers was always considered essential” before adding that the authorities have agreed to these centers must be closed again .
“Taking into account the vision of various stakeholders and expert organizations, the government has decided that all public schools should take a break for the next four weeks,” he said before emphasizing that the centers will close and reopen on July 27. August 24th.
Ramaphosa has stated that “there will be some exceptions” with which the 12th grade students who will return to classrooms on August 3 and those of 7th grade who will return on August 10th. “Due to the disruption caused by the pandemic, the academic year will be extended beyond the end of 2020,” he argued.