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Dept ‘working around the clock’ to reopen NC schools

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The provincial Department of Education said the schools are mainly in the Pixley ka Seme District where mass testing is currently under way by the Department of Health.

File picture: Jacques Naude/African News Agency (ANA)

SEVEN schools have been closed in the Northern Cape thus far due to Covid-19 infections.

The provincial Department of Education said the schools are mainly in the Pixley ka Seme District where mass testing is currently under way by the Department of Health.

Northern Cape Department of Education spokesperson Geoffrey van der Merwe confirmed on Tuesday that Veritas High School in De Aar is the latest addition to the list of schools in the Province that have been closed.

“The latest school that has been closed is Veritas High School in the Pixley ka Seme District, which was closed last week Friday. The other schools which have been closed are Carnarvon Primary School, Enoch Mthetho High School, Ikhwezi Lokusa Primary School, Phillipstown High School,  Zingisani Primary School  and Beacon Primary School,” said Van der Merwe.

He added that they have been working around the clock to reopen schools safely as soon as possible.

“We have received the results back of the contact traces for Zingisani Primary School and we are preparing to reopen the school. We must emphasise that these are individual cases that have been reported and we are working with the Department of Health to establish the contact traces. Once a positive case is reported, the department immediately disinfects the school. We will further determine whether staff or pupils at the affected schools will require psycho-social support and we will assist in this regard.”

Van der Merwe urged all affected parties to adhere to the Covid-19 regulations.

“We further encourage educators, parents and pupils to adhere to the Covid-19 regulations; to continue to practise good hygiene by washing your hands regularly, maintain social distancing and to always wear your mask to curb the spread or contracting the coronavirus,” he said.