- 2 schools will remain temporarily closed as staff members test positive for Covid-19 and all staff who came into contact with their infected colleagues are in self-isolation
- Parkvale Primary School in Valhalla Park, Bishop Lavis, and the Hague Primary School in Delft are being deep cleaned
- The Educators Union of South Africa (Eusa) is taking the Department of Basic Education to court over the reopening of schools
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2 Cape Town schools will not be opening as children across South Africa in grades 7 and 12 return to school. Parkvale Primary School in Valhalla Park, Bishop Lavis, and the Hague Primary School in Delft will remain closed due to staff members testing positive for Covid-19.
Briefly.co.za learned that the schools are being deep cleaned and those staff who came into contact with their infected colleagues need to remain in self-isolation for 14 days.
“The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) is aware of a positive case of Covid-19 at Parkvale Primary School. The school is being cleaned following procedure.
“Schools have been provided guidelines on cleaning and what to do when there is a positive case of Covid-19, or if someone has been in contact with a positive case of Covid-19,” department spokesperson Bronagh Hammond said.
IOL reported that Kerry Mauchline, spokesperson for Education MEC Debbie Schäfer revealed that the de[artment had received a report of a positive case at the Hague Primary School.
“The school will be sanitised accordingly. Those who have been in close contact, for example a handshake or a hug, with a confirmed positive case are required to self-isolate for 14 days,” Mauchline said.
The SA Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) have urged their members to stay home if their schools had not met the health and safety requirements. The union want compliance certificates issued by the schools once they are deemed safe.
“The WCED has made no attempts to ensure schools and offices are compliant with the directives of the DPSA circular 18 of 2020 and the Department of Labour and Employment gazette no 43257,” they alleged.
In light of Sadtu's actions another union, the Educators Union of South Africa (Eusa), is going a step further and is taking the department of education to court. Eusa represents 27 000 teachers across the country.
They claim that the Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and her department were not honest with the public about the level of preparedness of schools, particularly with regards to personal protection equipment (PPE) according to ENCA.
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that 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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