The cabinet will decide whether schools would be closed. This comes after the South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) called for the closure of schools during the Covid-19 peak season, anticipated to be reached in August and September.
The council of education ministers held a meeting on Tuesday, following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement on the reinstatement of level 3 lockdown on Sunday.
The department’s spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga said there were ongoing discussions in government and cabinet regarding the phased reopening of schools during the peak of the pandemic.
He said one of the resolutions the meeting was for cabinet to take the decision regarding the reopening of schools during the peak season.
“At the appropriate moment cabinet will take a decision on the matter.”