FS set to finish teachers’ vaccines by Friday

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Education Minister Angie Motshekga.

The Free State province is set to finish their vaccination roll out for teachers and by this week Friday but will continue to vaccinate those teachers who could not make it during this period.

This according to Education Minister Angie Motshekga, who spoke during a media briefing held at Seemahale Secondary School in Botshabelo in the Free State.

Department of Education in the Free State, MEC Tate Makgoe who was also present at the briefing, said that as a department they are so grateful to the teachers who came out in their numbers to be vaccinated. He said they set out to vaccinate 32 000 staff members and at this point have already vaccinated about 50% of this number.

Motshekga addressed the media to announce the measures that schools across the country will follow after the president’s announcement last night. Motshekga explained that all teaching will come to a halt this Wednesday. “Schools will, however, only be shut on Friday to allow hostel learners and others to make arrangements to be fetched from schools.”

She further explained that learners will now be going on their winter break and should be returning to school on 19 July instead of 26 July, which is a week earlier than originally scheduled. Winter camps will still be permitted during this time but will follow strict Covid-19 protocols. “Winter camps where learners are meant to stay over will, however, be cancelled.”

Those who are meant to write and mark supplementary exams will still be permitted to do so.

Motshekga encouraged learners to keep revising during this break and to avoid any activities where they could be at risk of getting Covid-19.

Sazly Hartzenberg

sazly@mahareng.co.za