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Education department working to finalise assessment tests before schools close

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This follows President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement on Sunday night, June 27, 2021 that all schools across the country must close by Wednesday for learners and Friday for educators.

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The Northern Cape Department of Education indicated that it is consulting with its district offices and schools across the Province to finalise learners’ assessment tests before schools close later this week.

This follows President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement on Sunday night, June 27, 2021 that all schools across the country must close by Wednesday for learners and Friday for educators.

Ramaphosa placed the country on alert Level 4 for the next 14-days in order to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Northern Cape Department of Education spokesperson, Geoffrey van der Merwe said the department is engaging with all the schools on the matter.

“The provincial department of education welcomes the announcement by the president in terms of schools going on an early recess.

“The recess will ensure that we limit the spread of Covid-19 in our schools and that we save the lives of our educators, support staff and learners.

“Thus far 41 educators and support staff have died due to Covid-19.

“We are currently engaging with the district offices and schools to finalise the assessment processes. We urge all parents to send their children to school in order for the assessments to be finalised,” said van der Merwe.