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Basic education minister Angie Motshekga’s careful plans for schools to reopen on Monday are in danger of failing as a provincial education department and a teacher's union have told teachers not to report to work.
Mpumalanga education department’s acting head of education, Jabulani Nkosi, said teachers “must only report to schools at a date still to be confirmed by the department”.
Briefly.co.za learned that Nkosi had sent out a circular on Friday, 22 May. The concern was that there were not sufficient supplies of personal protective equipment (PPEs) available before the staff return.
“The department is working round-the-clock to ensure that deliveries are undertaken in keeping with the rules and regulations of Covid-19. For now stay at home and stay safe,” Nkosi informed teachers.
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Free State teachers will only report back to work on Thursday and a meeting with the education department and the National Professional Teachers’ Organisation of SA (Naptosa) according to SowetanLive.
In Gauteng and North West, teachers were told not to report to work by the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union until it was safe to do so.
Naptosa in KwaZulu-Natal had reported that the delivery of PPEs and temperature scanners had been a disaster.
“At this stage it is safe to say not all schools will have these items delivered by May 25.”
The district is still waiting for 13,387 bars of soap, 1,470 infrared thermometers and 20,845 bottles of sanitiser.
“School readiness stands at 10%. Teachers return on Monday but they don’t have temperature devices and masks.”
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa will finally be addressing South Africa on Sunday evening at 19h00.
This comes after a week of citizens voicing their discontent over restrictions that seem questionable to many.
In a statement issued by the Presidency on Saturday evening, it was revealed that Ramaphosa has sought out advice regarding his next move from every possible sphere of life:
"As part of exploring possible prospects and assessing the continuing health, social and economic impacts of the pandemic, President Ramaphosa has also held consultative meetings with the business, labour and community constituencies of the National Economic Development and Labour Council; leaders of political parties represented in Parliament; traditional leaders; leadership of interfaith communities; the South African Council of Churches, and the tourism industry, which is the single largest source of employment in the private sector."
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