Tuesday would have been the first day of the second school term, but the academic year has been delayed due to the national 21-day lockdown. The Department of Basic Education is encouraging pupils to continue working on their lessons.
The Department has entered into partnerships with the SABC, telecommunication companies, and even local radio stations to communicate lessons to pupils in all areas of the country. Elijah Mhlanga, a spokesperson for the Department of Basic Education, said there was an expectation that schools would reopen in April, however, the progression of the regulations against the COVID-19 spread of infection has made this unlikely.
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In other news – SA scientist Gita Ramjee dies of complications due to Covid-19
Tributes are pouring in for renowned scientist Professor Gita Ramjee, the chief scientific officer for the Aurum Institute and director of the South African Medical Research
Council’s HIV Prevention Research Unit , who died on Tuesday after reportedly suffering Covid-19 related complications. The institute shared the news of Ramjee’s death in a Twitter post on Tuesday night.
Aurum is deeply saddened by the death of its Chief Scientific Officer Prof Gita Ramjee, world-renowned for her tireless work to find HIV prevention solutions for women,” the institute said. Read more