The Independent Schools of Southern Africa (Isasa) has moved the reopening of schools from 12 January to 18 January 2021. This announcement was made by Isasa executive director Lebogang Montjane. Isasa is awaiting president Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement on 15 January regarding whether or not the country is moving out of lockdown level 3 and what the way forward is.

Sports activities and camps are also canceled, as precautions have to be taken to avoid infections. This comes in light of the second wave surfacing as a result of the Rage events that high school students attended at the end of 2020.

According to News 24, Montjane says that “we have to be careful about how we open the schools.”

Young people are equally susceptible to getting infected by the highly infectious virus in the second wave. Schools opening prematurely might see the infection numbers growing amongst school-going children.

Montjane says that they never struggled with keeping up with the curriculum like public schools. Thus, many parents signed their children up to independent schools due to how they managed to stay afloat during the first wave.