Cabinet met on Wednesday to make a final decision about whether schools will be closed until the end of the COVID-19 peak in South Africa.

Teacher unions met with the Department of Basic Education on Tuesday again and pleaded with the government to shut schools to protect pupils and teachers from contracting the coronavirus.

The National Teachers’ Organisation of South Africa said that they’re hoping the matter will be finalised soon.

“But we don’t have an emphatic response and I will leave that to the minister to announce later. We certainly hope that the announcement will be one we wanted,” Naptosa’s executive director Basil Manuel.