Coronavirus: South Africa to close schools again over spike in cases

Coronavirus: South Africa to close schools again over spike in cases

- All public schools in SA have been closed again

- The closure was as a result of the spike in coronavirus

- According to President Cyril Ramaphosa , the closure is for four weeks

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As coronavirus cases continue to rise, the South Africa government has ordered the shut down of public schools.

The government had reopened many schools in the country to allow students in their final years at primary and secondary school to return to learning.

According to President Cyril Ramaphosa, the “cabinet has decided that all public schools should take a break for the next four weeks”.

He said schools are now scheduled to reopen on August 24, while the academic session which is scheduled to end in December will be extended, The Cable reports.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Nigeria and four other countries are responsible for 80% of COVID-19 cases in West Africa, according to the director-general of the West African Health Organisation, Professor Stanley Okolo.

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Professor Okolo made this disclosure while making a presentation to parliament.

Legit.ng gathers that the five countries are:

1. Nigeria

2. Ghana

3. Cote d’Ivoire

4. Senegal

5. Guinea

Okolo said as of Thursday, July 16, the five countries recorded 84,118 cases out of the 96,936 cases in the region.

He noted that the case fatality rate for the region was currently at a median of about 2.16 per cent and an average of 1.6 per cent.

The health expert also mentioned that younger people accounted for more of the cases.

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Legit.ng had also reported that the Nigerian government has said it may allow final year secondary school students (SS3) to sit for the General Certificate Examinations (GCE) in November if they are excluded from writing the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

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The minister of state for education, Emeka Nwajiuba, made the disclosure on Thursday, July 23, during the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 briefing in Abuja, The Nation reported.

He said writing the GCE may be the only option for SS3 students if the West African Examination Council (WAEC) proceeds with the WASSCE scheduled to take place between August 4 and September 5.

According to the minister, if Nigeria cannot convince WAEC to shift its examinations for any reason at all, then sitting for the GCE may become the only option for Nigerian students.

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