A SCHOOL in the North West Province has been forced to close its doors amid reopening preparations after a 56-year old principal tested positive for COVID-19.
This comes less than a week before schools officially reopen after the Department of Basic Education delayed the reopening by a week due to lack of readiness at some schools in the country.
The department’s spokesperson Elias Malindi said a 56-year-old school principal from the province visited a doctor who then revealed that he had signs of the novel coronavirus.
“The results confirmed the positive status on Tuesday and immediately the principal was subjected to a 14 days self-quarantine,” said Malindi.
North West education MEC Mmaphefo Matsemela said the school will not be opened until all necessary investigations have been concluded.
“As the department we are shocked to learn about the news. We are working with the department of health who have advised us to close the school with immediate effect,” said Matsemela.
Most teacher unions remain opposed to reopening of schools.
South Africa’s major teacher unions say the Department of Basic Education’s decision to reopen schools was deeply flawed and dangerous.
(Compiled by Inside Education staff)