The South Africa government has announced that the state schools will close for four weeks from Monday as part of measures to combat a surge in the number of coronavirus cases.
President Cyril Ramaphosa stated that the development is important so as to ensure that schools did not become sites of transmission at a time when coronavirus cases in South Africa are rising at one of the fastest rates in the world.
Recall that older students in primary and secondary schools returned to schools on 6 July.
President Ramaphosa added that the current academic year will be extended beyond the end of 2020 as a result of the disruptions caused by the pandemic.
“We have taken a deliberately cautious approach to keep schools closed during a period when the country is expected to experience its greatest increase in infections,” he stated.