SABC News reports that the Gauteng Education Department is embarking on a massive recruitment drive to get substitute teachers. This as Grade 7 and 12 learners prepare to return to school on June 1.The majority of teachers in the province are over the age of 55, and will be allowed to work from home. The trend in coronavirus cases seems to indicate that the elderly are more likely to die from COVID-19 because of underlying conditions they may have.Gauteng Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi, says none of the older teachers will be allowed on the school premises.
“Those teachers that are above 60, that they believe they’ve got comorbidities and they cannot come to work, they can work from home. We will support them, but we’ll put substitute teachers that will provide that kind of assistance that is needed. This is very important to us because we don’t want educators that might have sicknesses that may infect our learners to be within our school premises.”
by Candice Nolan