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The North West Education department confirms that three teachers within the province have tested positive for Coronavirus and have been placed under the 14 days self quarantine.

The three teachers are working in different schools in the province and were confirmed positive for Covid-19 following not feeling well for some time.

One of the teachers reported to be unwell on the day of school reopening in the province (29 May) and had filed a medical report for comorbidities while two others could not be at school when learners resumed schooling due to their ill health.

This brings a total of four reported cases in NW schools since the first week of June.

Education MEC in the province, Mmaphefo Matsemela had this to say:

“As a department I wish to confirm that there are three more teachers who have tested positive for Coronavirus in our province. This regrettably gives us a total of four cases since one principal was reported on June 01.

“I therefore, wish our teachers strength and good fight to recovery. I also would like to relay a message of comfort to their families including all those who might have come into contact with them. I want to indicate that, two of these teachers when learners returned to school they were already booked – off by their doctors.

As a department we will continue to provide them with our support whilst they receive medical attention” said, MEC Matsemela.

MEC Matsemela further highlighted that the education department is working very closely with the Department of Health in the province.

The affected three schools have been shut down by the Department of Health and the date of reopening will be communicated once the schools have been disinfected and decontaminated.

The department will continue to work with parents of the affected schools by sending them school work.


Issued by the Media Liaison Unit
For more information, please contact:
Elias Malindi
Department of Education
North West Provincial Government
072 115 4855 or 072 892 8399

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