Department Sets Record Straight on School Closures

As the third wave approaches, many are wondering whether schools will close down again. Recently, a fake message has been floating around concerning school closures which the Department of Basic Education has now clarified.

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No, schools will not be closing until 28 June. That's what an image which circulated was declaring and the Department of Basic Education (DBE) has clarified that schools will not be closing, yet.

A picture showing Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, with the headline reading 'School will be closing tomorrow until 28 June' was circulating but DBE has said that this was fake news.

The Department then released a statement which read:

The Department wishes to dismiss this image as FAKE NEWS and continues to urge members of the public to be vigilant and verify sources of information they read before sharing it on social media.

They then continue to say that this is the type of malicious content which is created with the intention to cause confusion and mislead anyone who views it.

"We condemn such actions in the strongest possible terms," DBE emphasised.

Various schools have temporarily closed in the country due to outbreaks in schools.

The Educators Union of South Africa (EUSA) has called for Government to close schools as they feel that, "schools are not adequately prepared for another wave and over 2000 teachers died in the previous wave so we just feel that, especially your poorer schools, are not adequately prepared to have another wave."

Other Unions are said to share this opinion.

Andre de Bruyn from EUSA said:

It's possible for schools to curb child-to-child infection as well as child-to-adult infection so we just feel that in especially in areas where you have high infection rates, we need to close the schools now ... it does not need to be for a lengthy period, it just needs to be until we've just made a dent in the upward curve of this infection rate.

There has been no official statement which says that all schools will be closing due to the rise in infections, as DBE says they would "use credible media platforms to communicate should there be developments in the sector".

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