Sadtu calls for all Eastern Cape schools to be closed

SABC News writes that the union’s call comes amidst reports that more than 180 learners at the Makaula Senior Secondary School in Mount Frere in the Eastern Cape have tested positive for COVID-19 and It is believed that non-compliance to the COVID-19 regulations is at the root of the cluster-infection. South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) in the Eastern Cape has called on the Provincial Basic Education Department to close all schools in the province saying they’re not prepared to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Provincial Secretary for Sadtu Chris Mndingi says most schools still don’t have personal protective equipment (PPEs) and ablution facilities are substandard. The union’s call comes amidst reports that more than 180 learners at the Makaula Senior Secondary School in Mount Frere in the Eastern Cape have tested positive for COVID-19 and it is believed that non-compliance to the COVID-19 regulations is at the root of the cluster-infection. Mndingi says scores of schools have closed already due to the high coronavirus infection rate, and learners have been threatened not to speak about their positive status. “We are saying as Sadtu, priority at least can be given to grade12. Address all the ills before you bring in any other phases. Because even those that have been compelled to reopen without having met the requirements, hence they’re closing on a daily basis. In one district already 50 schools have closed.”

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Public service unions mull latest wage offer

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