Johannesburg – President Cyril Ramaphosa said that a decision would be made soon whether schools in the country should remain open.
The president said they have heard concerns from parents, unions and teachers as Covid-19 infections surge in the country.
The country’s biggest teachers unions, the South African Democratic Teachers Union (sadtu) and the National Professional Teachers Organisation of South Africa (Naptos) have called for schools to be closed, saying pupils’ lives and the lives of their members are at risk.
But the Council of Education Ministers has defended the decision, saying that precaution had been taken to protect children and teachers.
President Ramaphosa said Cabinet was discussing the matter.
“We are discussing this matter, and I am hoping we have a consensus-building type of outcome where we are able to come to a conclusion on what we should do,” said Ramaphosa.