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NatuTimesLIVE reports that the reopening of schools later this month might lead to a spike in Covid-19 infections, a teachers' union said on Monday as it called on the Department of Basic Education (DBE) to “think very carefully” about the move.  

The National Teachers' Union (Natu) said it appeared that the department would fail to provide the required PPEs, water, sanitation facilities, ensure social distancing and employ substitute and temporary teachers on time — as it did last year.  Non-compliance with health and safety requirements contributed significantly to the rate of Covid-19 in schools, the union suggested.  “Natu is concerned that when these children return from different vacation points after the Christmas break, these schools could turn into super-spreader sites for Covid-19 infections,” said general secretary Cynthia Barnes.  “We have no choice but to appeal to the department to ensure that all the non-negotiables are delivered to all schools in time. Otherwise, to further contribute to, and exacerbate, the disparities among the South African schools would be irresponsible and indeed unsympathetic to the plight of thousands of our teachers and children,” Barnes warned.  Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance (DA) said a Covid-19 vaccine was the only solution to the challenges confronted by the education sector, adding that teachers needed to be classified as front-line workers.  

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Nonkululeko Njilo at TimesLIVE

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