SA mourns loss of 32 teachers as concerns mount over reopening schools

SA mourns loss of 32 teachers as concerns mount over reopening schools

- South Africa's education system continues to suffer amid the Covid-19 pandemic

- The nation has lost a staggering 32 teachers in the space of less than a week

- With the country experiencing a second wave of infections concerns are being raised over reopening schools

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Basic Education spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga has lamented a tragic loss amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mhlanga took to social media to confirm that a total of 32 teachers have passed away in less than a week:

"The grieving over these holidays is too much. Many families have been left without loved ones during these holidays arising from social activities."

Mhlanga confirmed that 32 teachers have been lost in the space of just a few days. Image: ER Lombard/Gallo Images
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The SA Democratic Teachers union says that it will be difficult to reopen schools in light of this information with Nomarashiya Caluza commenting that:

"We are receiving reports of teachers dying of Covid-19. It would be dangerous to re-open schools now in the middle of the second wave, especially as numbers show that more and more citizens who are also teachers are dying of Covid-19."
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Caluza highlighted the importance of the government implementing preventative measures to fight the pandemic before schools needed to reopen in a bid to regain control.

IOL reports that National Professional Teachers Organisation of South Africa (NAPTOSA) provincial spokesperson Thirona Moodley has weighed in on the situation.

Moodley says that the system is preparing for the reality that a number of teachers simply won't be making it back in the new year.

"Schools have planned for 2021 with all staff included any staff who cannot return as a result of Covid-19 infection will also mean the school will have to adjust the timetable or quickly get a replacement staff. The loss of any school personnel will be really sad as they will not only be leaving grieving families, but also families at school."

Earlier, reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a return to Level 3 lockdown restrictions on Monday night.

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With infections spiking, Ramaphosa explained that reckless behaviour had been the major driver of the second wave.

In addition to an increase in regulations, Ramaphosa announced a blanket ban on liquor trading.

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