- The Educators Union of SA has promised to forcibly shut down schools as it ramps up its campaign
- The massive union's message is that any fatality during the Covid-19 pandemic in the schooling system is one too many
- The union has already established lines of communication between teachers to target non-compliant schools
The Educators Union of SA has promised to forcibly shut schools down as it pushed its message against Covid-19 fatalities in school.
Union president Sicelo Bhengu insists that his union and its allies are unafraid of law enforcement and were prepared to be arrested for confronting the 'sheer arrogance and gross attitude' of Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga:
“We are not worried about the law enforcement agencies. We are more than prepared to be arrested fighting to protect the innocent lives of teachers and learners."
The Star reports that Bhengu has vowed, should the minister fail to close schools, EUSA would begin shutting down schools that aren't compliant with Covid-19 regulations.
The union is in talks with Parents Against the Reopening of Schools, the Progressive Students Movement and other allies over the plans to force schools to close.
Bhengu says that communication lines have been opened for teachers to report non-compliant schools to the union:
“Eusa has a WhatsApp and call number where teachers are reporting those non-compliant schools. We have talked with the Department of Labour to accompany us to verify the non-compliance."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Motshekga is facing extreme pressure to close schools ahead of the expected surge in Covid-19 cases.
After numerous unions voiced their dismay over the plan to reopen more classrooms during this time brought attention to the issue, the minister had engaged with numerous stakeholders over the way forward.
While Cabinet, ultimately, has the last say over the matter, the unions have been transparent in their disapproval over the apparent bid to move ahead with the return of even more students.
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