By Nyakallo Mosala

It has been a month since the schools reopened for Grades 7 and 12, and it hasn’t rained but poured for the department of education. While many parents are still hesitant about sending their children back to school citing contraction of the Covid-19 virus, many schools have found themselves at the mercy of the virus with learners and teachers alike getting infected. Like many schools across the country, some schools in the province have had to shut down for disinfecting, after some employees of the department and in some instances learners, from 168 schools tested positive for Covid-19.

“With 168 schools that are affected, 1,1% marks a fraction of 1467 schools that have been closed and opened in the province” a media statement read.

The North West MEC for Education, Mmaphefo Matsemela emphasised that schools are continually implementing physical distancing and maintaining the hygiene protocol.
“Our schools are continuosly implementing the Standard Operating Procedures as outlined by the Covid – 19 regulations. Learners without fail keep the 1,5m distance in between their desks. We have ensured that the Personal Protective equipments are a non – negotiable matter in schools” said Matsemela
Matsemela has further pleaded with learners and departmental officials to stay at home after school to help limit the spread of the virus.

In total the department has registered 300 positive cases of Covid-19.