FS schools reopen successfully 

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MEC of Education, Tate Makgoe

The majority of schools in the Free State were reopened successfully on Monday. This is according to MEC of Education, Tate Makgoe, who spoke during a media briefing at Tsoseletso High School in Bloemfontein this morning.

According to Makgoe, all but two schools have started with the first phase of learning since the nationwide lockdown in March.

“In the Free State, 90 000 learners in Grade 7 and 12 have returned to school. The President made it clear that in order for learning to begin, there must be no infections at our schools. We have to reopen because education is important for the future of our children,” he said.

The Education MEC explained that two schools in Bloemfontein and Kroonstad would reopen on Wednesday. One of these schools remained closed due to a single case of Covid-19.

“Bochabela Primary School had an admin clerk who tested positive, so we had to keep it closed until all the people she were in contact with, were cleared from infection.

“Another school in Kroonstad hasn’t opened yet because of the construction of toilets,” explained Makgoe.

Nomaqhawe Mtebele

nomaqhawe@mahareng.co.za