THE Eastern Cape MEC for Education Fundile Gade says matriculants at the Ethembeni Secondary School who tests positive for COVID-19 will be able to continue with their trial exams.
This after 98 learners tested positive for coronavirus at the school, located in Burgersdorp within the Joe Gqabi District of the Eastern Cape.
The positive cases at the school come as matriculants are currently writing their trial examinations.
“The Department of Public Works (DPW) has indicated that these learners will be isolated in Aliwal North, in the Eastern Cape. In this centre, learners will be allowed to continue writing their Trial Exams,” said Gade.
He said public works will advise on the availability of sites during the process as more learners may need to be isolated.
“There are also isolation sites in Steynsburg which have been identified for Grade 12 learners should there be a need to quarantine those who tested negative, as they could be in the incubation phase,” said Gade.
He said a multi departmental team, which consists of the local municipality, officials from the departments of Health (DoH) and Public Works (DPW) and Education has been sent to the school to help contain the spread of the virus.
“The teams on the ground will assess the situation daily and advise should this outbreak require the activation of a multi departmental Disaster Management team,” said Gade.
Trial examinations began on 14 September and will end 14 October 2020.
Learners will kick off their final exams on 5 November 2020, ending 15 December.
(COMPILED BY INSIDE EDUCATION STAFF)