Sadtu: No back to school.

Sadtu: No back to school.

Sadtu: No back to school.

Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga announced two weeks ago that School Management teams (SMT) were to return to schools on Monday 11 May in order to prepare for the phasing in of the pupils.

 

SADTU, the South African Democratic Teacher’s Union instructed its members not to report for duty on Monday, until the minimum requirements to ensure safety at all schools are met.

 

Sadtu secretariat, Officer Xolani Fakude said in a statement, “We call on our members who were to travel from various provinces to remain safe in their homes until the

amendment of the regulations by the competent authority as requested by teacher unions. Our members and workers cannot be subjected to this emotional

torture caused by lack of communication by the department.”

 

Fakude also stated that Motshekga had promised that non-negotiables would be delivered to schools before it opened but personal protective equipment (PPE)

had still not been obtained for office-based personnel, school-based educators and education support personnel.

 

These non-negotiables included:

  • the fumigation and disinfection of schools,
  • proper school infrastructure in the form of proper toilet facilities,
  • observance of social distancing inside the classrooms and in courtyards,
  • reduction of class sizes,
  • provisions of soap, sanitisers and masks,
  • screening of learners, teachers and support personnel,
  • social distancing in the transportation of learners to and from schools
  • provision of psychosocial services to assist learners and teachers to build resilience and calm down fears among learners and teachers.

“The disinfecting of schools and offices has not even reached 25%. It is unlawful to expect workers to report for duty when their safety is not guarenteed,” said Fakude

 

The department of education stated that it had been made aware that not all provinces were ready to return on Monday as expected.

According to news24, Motshekga would be meeting the Council of Education Ministers (CEM) on 11 May, as well as School Governing Body associations (SGB)

and teacher unions to report on the state of readiness for the schools to reopen.

 

Source: news24


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