- Cabinet is reportedly going to be advised to shut down SA schools for three weeks amid the Covid-19 pandemic
- The announcement is set to be tabled on Thursday, with an announcement expected to follow shortly after
- Unions have been placing immense pressure on schools to close ahead of the expected peak in infections
The National Coronavirus Command Council is set to be told by Cabinet to close schools across SA for three weeks.
This is according to 'impeccable sources' within the teacher unions, which have been locked in consultations with the Department of Basic Education leading up to the decision.
Unions have been placing immense pressure on the government to close schools with immediate effect as the nation braces for a spike in infections.
TimesLIVE reports that the NCCC will table the recommendation to Cabinet on Thursday following which either Basic Education Minister or President Cyril Ramaphosa himself is expected to announce Cabinet's decision.
News24 spoke to department spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga, who said that consultations with stakeholders ahead of the Cabinet meeting which is set to take place on Thursday.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported earlier that 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.
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