The KwaZulu-Natal Education Department says several schools in the province have been forced to close temporarily as schools report positive COVID-19 cases, particularly among learners.
In Durban alone, it is believed that at least three schools closed this week after learners tested positive.
On Thursday, Crossmoor Secondary School in Chatsworth was forced to shut its doors after 13 learners tested positive for the virus. Department spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi says some of these schools have closed for deep cleaning and contact tracing.
“With the issue of contact tracing we had to close the school more especially the boarding schools like your Adams, Anton Lambede and Lamercy. Recently Crossmoor in Chatsworth closed temporarily, something that is worrying us in terms of the transmission.”
In the video below MEC of KZN Education discusses the reopening of schools in KwaZulu-Natal in July:
Mahlambi is urging parents not to send their children to school if they show flu symptoms.
“We are appealing to parents not to bring learners if they have symptoms to school. But the key thing is to protect others. Font learners when you have contracted the virus or if you have symptoms report to your parents and teachers so we become aware.” Reporting by Nonjabulo Mntungwa