DBE supports schools cancelling sports activities

Elijah Mhlanga, the spokesperson for the Basic Education Department, spoke with eNCA's Dan Moyane. Courtesy of #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - The Basic Education Department supports the decision by some schools to halt sporting activities.

The department says more than 10 schools in Gauteng have reported new COVID-19 cases.

The province is officially in the third wave of infections.

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Basic Education Department spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga said: "It’s the right thing to do to suspend sporting activities. It's not just two schools, there are reports coming from other provinces as well, but Gauteng seems to have a much higher number of schools that are indicating infections resulting from sporting activities.

"It seems even though we said there should be health and safety protocols in place, it doesn't seem to be working."

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The department said they do not know the exact number of schools that have suspended activities yet, but they said will support schools making the decision to cancel.

"We don't want schools to be contributors to the infection rate in the country. In fact, we believe and we want to make schools the safest place to be…we looking into the matter, there will be a meeting next week to discuss the way forward in this regard," he said.


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