Basotho students studying in SA expected in schools

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Matiisetso Mosala

Grade 7 and 12 students attending school in South Africa are expected back in school from June 1st after President Cyril Ramaphosa relaxed the country’s lockdown restrictions.

In a televised official address, Ramaphosa said South Africa will now be transitioning to level three on its COVID-19 lockdown, opening doors for students completing their primary and high school to return to school.

The decision by the South African National Corona Virus Command Council and the Ramaphosa’s Cabinet comes amidst closure of Lesotho-South African border posts but allowing only exceptions for repatriation purposes, transport of goods and medical emergencies.

Current status for COVID-19 in South Africa recorded by the World Health Organization is 24 264 cases, 12 741 recoveries as well as 524 fatalities.

The South African COVID-19 Command Council states that even though it understands worries, doubts and fears around COVID-19 ahead of reopening schools, the lives of growing students cannot be held back especially seeing that scientists anticipate that the virus will be in existence for the next two years.

In an effort to ensure smooth movements at the borders starting June 01, the South African High Commissioner Sello Moloto has appealed to students studying in South Africa to immediately report to the South African High Commission in Maseru for details.

Additionally, Moloto said the students are expected to bring with them documents for facilitation processes which include passports, study permits and proof of registration from schools that they have registered for grade 7 and 12 with.

Lesotho’s National Emergency Command Centre has urged parents, guardians and students to ensure compliance with prevention measures against the pandemic so as to enrich ‘Save Lives’ campaign meant to ensure protection and safety of Basotho.

“Wearing of masks is in line with Public Health (COVID-19) Regulations, 2020 thus all must comply.

“All are also expected to ensure washing hands with soap regularly while also observing social distancing rule,” said the emergency command center’s spokesperson Ramakhula Ramakhula.

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