Grades 7 and 12 learners will be back at school on 8 June, assures Limpopo Coronavirus Command Council

SEKHUKHUNE – The Limpopo Coronavirus Command Council has assured during its weekly virtual meetings held on Wednesday, 03 June 2020 that almost all Grades 7 and 12 learners would be back at schools by 08 June 2020.

Members of the council will be visiting some of the schools ahead of the Grades 7 and 12 reopening on Monday, 08 June 2020, and on that day Limpopo Premier Chupu Mathabatha and most members will spread across the province to ensure all health protocols are followed at schools, according to the council.

It heard that of the 155 vandalised schools in the province, only one was yet to be repaired because of the excessive damage which needed more time.

More than 300 of the 524 schools now have water, and Rand Water has started delivering water tanks to the remaining schools to be concluded by the weekend. Mobile toilets and enviroloos are also being supplied to schools to ensure that by the 8th of June, all is well. About 131 000 and 83 000 Grades 7 and 12 learners respectively will attend classes on the 8th of June 2020, according to the council.

The council urged parents and Limpopo communities not to raise false alarms on the safety of learners and any other educator.

It appraised that government was ensuring the safety of every citizen ‘if by anyway, a school or facility is found wanting on safety measures, that school or facility should not be operational and nobody will be forced in’.

The council informed that the situational scope of the province indicated that it had 222 cases and was still with three deaths as of that morning.

“Sekhukhune still rides high with 116 cases with Vhembe still lowest at 10, Capricorn District with 41, Waterburg 41 and Mopani 13 cases.

Active cases were 61, whereas those who recovered were 158 with those currently in hospital standing at seven.

Thapelo Motseo

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