As an example, in Italy there were 30,000 deaths from Covid-19, of which none were children younger than 18. In the United States, less than 2% of cases were children and only three died. All three had underlying medical conditions.
A number of provincial departments have issued circulars pleading with its workforce not to return to school on Monday as formerly proposed by the Department of Basic Education.
“It was a precautionary measure to not start today before all outstanding issues have been put in place. We didn’t want to open schools at all costs,” Elijah Mhlanga, the department’s spokesperson, told Daily Maverick.
Pretoria – Parents will be expected to pay full school fees despite the lockdown, and those who have lost income could apply for school fees exemption.
Chief executive of the Federation for School Governing Bodies of South Africa Paul Colditz said school fees were a standardised obligation.
Cape Town – Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has announced that pupils in Grades 12 and 7 are expected to return to school on June 1. The minister stressed that this was a provisonal plan, and dependend on all the correct protocols being put in place to ensure the safety of pupils and staff.
“When we say Grade 7s have to come, they will have the whole school to themselves and they will only face the other grades when the time comes for those to return to school,” Motshekga said. She did not specify when the next group of learners will be allowed to return to school.