Two more schools in the Northern Cape have closed due to coronavirus, bringing the total to 13.

Positive cases have also been reported at the provincial Education Department in Kimberley and the Namaqua district office. Education Department spokesperson, Geoffrey van der Merwe says the affected offices have been closed.

“So 13 schools have been closed thus far due to COVID-19 infections. The latest schools that have been closed are Elizabeth Conradie special school and the Noupoort Combined school. In addition to the 13 schools, our Namaqua District Office has also been closed due to a confirmed positive case. Another positive case has been reported at our provincial office in Kimberley and therefore we have temporarily closed the unit. We’ve advised our officials to work from home and remain in isolation,” says Van der Merwe.

The video below is a discussion of the reopening of more grades amid rising COVID-19 cases

Van der Merwe also says the provincial department welcomes the decision by the Council of Education Ministers for the phasing in of the next cluster of grades. He says more than 61 000 learners in the province will be returning to school.

“Learners from Grade R, 6 and 11 are set to return on Monday, 6th of July 2020 and the necessary preparatory work by the department has been done in this regard. During this phase, 61 881 learners will return to school. To ensure that all schools adhere to the COVID-19 regulations and guidelines, schools were given the options to phase in learners: platooning, alternating days per week, bi-weekly rotational attendance and the hybrid model,” says Van der Merwe.