Unions and Education Department to Discuss Re-opening of Schools

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Education Departments and unions still at loggerheads trying to find a suitable way to get the department up and running amid the lock down.

While Basic Education had earlier on announced that grade 7 and grade 12 pupils would be swiftly going back to classes, unions, teachers and various parents argued that while it is still important for learners to continue with the academic year, government shouldn’t be reckless in how they plan to open schools.

It was said that teacher unions were meeting with basic education minister Angie Motshekga on Saturday afternoon to discuss the state of readiness for the resumption of schooling.

This is also comes at a time where unions had advised their members not to report for duty until education authorities comply with all health and safety measures at schools.

Among other demands, unions had ordered the department to provide teachers with Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) and ensure that all schools are disinfected before they can resume.

Failure to do that they said none of their members would be allowed to go back to work.

Seeing how the calendar had already been messed up, the department said they suggest scrapping of June holidays more especially for matriculants, as they do not plan on scrapping the year.

They said it would disrupt the system which is already struggling.

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