The Northern Cape Department of Education has raised concern about the amount of learning losses as new COVID-19 cases continue to increase in the province’s schools.
At least 1 272 cases of the virus have been reported since 23 August to date with several schools closed and learning delayed.
In a statement, the department said the rising infections are compromising the learners’ ability to perform at a high level.
“This continues to take a devastating toll on the academic performance of learners and their preparedness for the examinations. It’s clear that the academic recovery will take much longer than expected, whilst the current reality is placing a massive strain on the entire education sector.
“The department is doing all that we can to support educators and learners across all grades during these difficult times,” the statement said.
The department said 410 new cases have been reported today.
“The new COVID-19 infections include 28 educators, 367 learners and 15 support staff at various schools. We currently have seven schools which are closed in the province to allow for contact tracing and the disinfection of school premises,” the statement said.