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education thumb100 SowetanLive reports an Eastern Cape high school at the centre of a major Covid-19 outbreak is preparing to open its doors to more of its learners despite over 200 learners and employees having tested positive for the virus.  

Makaula Senior Secondary School in Mount Frere opened on 1 June, having satisfied itself it was ready for the return of its 300 matriculants.  But two weeks later, learners started complaining about headaches and flu, but these problems were allegedly dismissed by teachers as pupils trying to embarrass the boarding school.  It was during the third week that the school took the matter seriously, resulting in 24 learners testing positive for Covid-19 on 19 June.  So far, 204 pupils, hostel assistants, teachers and matrons have tested positive for the virus.  The cases overwhelmed the local hospital and the patients were also accommodated in private quarantine facilities across the Alfred Nzo district municipality.  Another 105 learners remain unaccounted for as some escaped from the boarding school.  Others were fetched by parents amid fear and panic following news of the outbreak.  When Sowetan visited the school recently, cleaning and decontamination were underway in preparation for the return of 1,800 pupils.  Eastern Cape education MEC Fundile Gade indicated the school would indeed reopen for more grades in July.  After inspecting the school and the hostels, Gade said he was satisfied that the school complied with Covid-19 regulations.  He said his main concern was the 105 learners who were outside of the quarantine facilities.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Zukile Majova at SowetanLive

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