The Education Department in KwaZulu-Natal has advised teachers, parents, caregivers and all stakeholders to use their discretion as to whether or not to send children to school on Monday.
The decision by the department comes after a weekend of persistent rain and flooding that have resulted in one death and more than 200 people being evacuated from impacted areas.
While damage to road infrastructure has occurred in some areas, which may prevent learners and teachers from making their way to school, schools have not yet reported damage that makes them inaccessible to learners. Nazir Sadack, a community emergency response team member, says that residents have been evacuated due to the high risk of flooding and landslides.
The department said, “It is for this reason that Circuit Managers and School Principals of affected schools are advised to urgently communicate with parents of learners to ensure they take extra caution before sending their children to school in the morning”.
The Department cannot afford to lose further lives due to flooding of bridges and classrooms
Principals in the province have also been advised to release children into the care of their parents if the weather conditions persist.
The current situation has come just a month after the province faced extreme weather conditions that resulted in the loss of more than 430 lives, 60 of which were school learners. It was also reported that one educator and a food handler perished in the April floods.