June 22, 2021

DEPARTMENT OF BASIC EDUCATION SUSPENDED CONTACT SPORTS IN SCHOOLS WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT

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By : Thato Kgobe

The council of Eduaction Ministries has taken a decision to suspend all contact sports in schoools with immediate effect during an online meeting held on Wednesday morning, 19 May 2020, this comes after concerns amid the spike in Covid-19 infections and a looming third wave.

According to the council, non-contact sports training in schools can continue, provided that all safety protocols are adhered to, meanwhile Basic Education spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga says contact sports events have been cited as one of the contributing factors towards the rise in Covid-19 cases across the country.

Back in April, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga gazetted changes to the directions on the reopening of Schools, allowing for the continuation of school sports, including contact and non-contact sports , tournaments, physical education and extra-mural activities (creative and cultural activies).  The Department says during the last week of Term 1 , school sports activity related Covid-19 outbreaks in Gauteng Province were reported and have been gradually increasing in Term 2.

In this regard , all sporting activities have been suspended with immediate effect until the cluster’s outbreak is subsequently over with no further cases reported including the preparatory school sport and the Department will continue to monitor the situation.

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