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Overcrowding a key issue to increasing Covid cases at schools

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The National Professional Teachers’ Organisation of South Africa (Naptosa) on Saturday said overcrowding at school was the major contributing factor in the rising numbers of COVID-19 school infections.

Concerns have been raised over new coronavirus cases in the Free State, KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape centres of learning and teaching.

In the Free State, Grey College Secondary was forced to close after more than 50 pupils including educators amongst them the principal and his deputy were confirmed positive.

In Kwazulu-Natal on Thursday alone, 285 cases were recorded amongst learners and educators forcing nine schools to suspend classes.

Naptosa’s Basil Manuel said: “We call on all our members to continue practising all those nonpharmaceutical interventions and also call on the departments to ensure that the overcrowded school situation is being addressed and that the health system in our schools is being addressed.”

In Other News – Democratic Alliance (DA) in Mangaung raises concerns over ANC’s mayoral elect

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Mangaung on Saturday raised concerns over the ANC’s mayoral elect, saying it was just an extension of state capture projects started by former Free State premier and suspended party secretary-general Ace Magashule.

Earlier this week the ANC’s interim provincial committee (IPC) announced council speaker Mxolisi Siyonzana as their preferred candidate after former mayor Lolly Mlamleli was ousted last year during a vote of no confidence. learn more

Source – EWN

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