SADTU asks teachers to stay away: Issues over Covid-19 non-compliance

SADTU asks teachers to stay away: Issues over Covid-19 non-compliance

- The SA Democratic Teachers Union says that schools are not ready to reopen in a week's time

- As a result of this, SADTU is adamant that no teacher should return to work this week to begin preparations

- Educators were set to return to schools on Monday to prepare for the return of the first two grades

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The SA Democratic Teachers Union insists that schools are not prepared to reopen amid the Covid-19 crisis.

With schools meant to return to begin the preparations for welcoming the Grade 7 and 12 pupils back this week, the union has warned teachers against presenting themselves for work:

“We care about the lives of the teachers, children and support staff in schools. To us, one death is one too many. We, therefore, cannot afford to be reckless at this stage of Covid-19."

TimesLIVE reports that provincial departments had assessed the situation and found that the country was not ready to open schools for teachers.

The union's North West branch revealed that it had received reports that nearly 200 schools in the region had not been cleaned and disinfected.

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Some teachers had also not yet received permits to travel within the province during lockdown.

Provincial secretary George Themba said the personal protective equipment supplies were not enough for the number of employees set to begin work on Monday.

With no screeners appointed and some schools lacking access to water, no clear instructions had been provided to give guidance.

“We resolved to advise our members not to report for duty on May 25 until the department has addressed all the issues that are pending, and has guaranteed the safety of our members by attending to all Covid-19 precautionary measures.”

The union's Western Cape branch accused the Basic Education Department of taking shortcuts when it came to the measures put into place.

The union had opted to lodge a complaint against the education department with the labour department over 'non-compliance'. reported that numerous parents had raised concerns over the system's ability to protect students from the virus.

In his address on Sunday evening, President Cyril Ramaphosa reminded parents that no one has the power to force students to return if there was any concern over their safety.

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