REFLECTION | Covid-19: How the basic education dept weathered the Covid-19 storm

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Strict hygiene protocols have been implemented at schools to ensure they minimise the risk of contracting the coronavirus.
Strict hygiene protocols have been implemented at schools to ensure they minimise the risk of contracting the coronavirus.
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The basic education sector in South Africa was struggling long before Covid-19 arrived in the country.

The department was in the process of trying to improve the system and many of the issues that were identified were ones that should have been fixed years ago.

But they were all put on the back-burner on 5 March 2020, when South Africa's patient zero was identified - a KwaZulu-Natal man who had travelled to Italy. Thirteen days later, as Covid-19 cases increased across the country, schools closed their doors to curb the spread of the virus among pupils and teachers.

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