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Lesufi: 519 Teachers, 151 Learners Tested Positive For COVID-19 In Gauteng

A TOTAL of 571 schools in Gauteng have been affected by the coronavirus since the reopening of schools last month, according to MEC for Education Panyaza Lesufi.

Lesufi added that a total of 519 teachers and 151 learners have also tested positive for COVID-19. 

He said the schools where the teachers and the pupils attended had since been disinfected and deep-cleaned as part of the measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 in Gauteng.

On July 6 in Gauteng, 124 911 learners in Grade R, 212 271 Grade 6 and 159 345 learners in Grade 11 returned to their classrooms. 

“Out of 172 113 public servants in Gauteng, 1 814 have tested positive since March, this includes public health workers and educators,” said Lesufi.

Lesufi said his department has developed an alternative day approach, where learners will rotate days in order to comply with the social distancing standards and protocols.

“In a secondary school, the Grade 12 learners will attend daily but the remaining grades in whatever combination would attend on alternate days,” said Lesufi. 

Lesufi said if the alternative day approach is used in a primary school, learners in the foundation phase [Grade R to Grade 3] will attend on one day and the remaining [Grade 4 to Grade 7] on the next day.

“If conducted on a combination basis, entire grades cutting across the phases would be requested to attend on one day and the remainder on the next,” said Lesufi.

The MEC said this approach would assist schools that were overcrowded and may also be used according to each school’s unique dynamics to facilitate physical distancing. 

Lesufi said all children remaining at home must be supported through a concrete and measurable programme run by schools.

“Reworked annual teaching plans will be packaged into 14 day learning activity packs (LAPS) for every 14 day learning cycle to be collected at school and signed off by a parent/legal guardian every 14 days,” said Lesufi.

Another set of learners will return to schools at the end of July as the country fights against the coronavirus pandemic.

(Compiled by Inside Education staff)

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