Angry parents shut school over lack of Covid-19 sanitation measures

Angry parents shut school over lack of Covid-19 sanitation measures

- Parents in Mpumalanga have shut down a school after it emerged that there are no Covid-19 measures in place

- After attending school on Monday, learners informed their parents of the lack of water and sanitisers

- The Department of Education reports that money was paid to the school to pay for the necessary equipment

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Yesterday angry parents shut down Mbazima Primary School in Mpumalanga saying the school was risking their children's lives and putting them at a risk of contracting the Covid-19 virus.

The parents found that there were no proper hand-washing basins, soap and water. The school reopened on Monday along with the rest of Grade 7 and 12 learners in country.

Parents said when their children came home on Monday they informed them that there was only one water tank and there was no soap or sanitiser provided for them.

Parents also noted there was no screening of children at the gate either.

Angry parents shut school over lack of Covid-19 sanitation measures

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One of the parents and a community member, Sibusiso Sibiya, said:

"On Monday we thought all was well but after finding out that there was no proper hand washing happening, we went to the school to see for ourselves the next day. We were not impressed and we took the decision to not allow the school to accommodate the children until the department provided it with water, sanitisers and people to do screening were appointed."

Sibiya adds that after they closed the school, the circuit manager told them that they had hired people to clean the school, screen the pupils, teachers and other staff members but the people never showed up.

Briefly.co.za reported that Mmusi Maimane criticised the Department of Education after pictures of them emerged seemingly delivering only one water tank to a primary school in Limpopo.

Sibiya said they were asked to volunteer to do all these things but were insulted by this request as people have already been paid for the service.

Education Spokesperson Jasper Zwane said the department would send an official to the school to evaluate the situation.

Zwane said:

"We deposited cash to the school to hire people to clean the school. Judging by these allegations, it's clear the problem lies with the school and the school governing body (SGB) but we can't pre-empt now."

Zwane added that an official has been sent to engage with the parents.

Meanwhile in the Eastern Cape, 31 schools have been closed after 20 people tested positive for Covid-19. In KwaZulu-Natal, MEC Kwazi Mshengu says the three schools that had been temporarily closed in the province due to teachers who tested positive are being decontaminated and will reopen soon.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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