Government not adequately addressing COVID-19 safety in schools


The Department of Basic Education has assured South Africans that measures have been put in place to address the potential spread of COVID-19 in schools.

FILE: A student takes his temperature at Iphuteng Primary School in Alexandra, Johannesburg on August 24, 2020. Photo: @ educationgp / Twitter

JOHANNESBURG – With public schools scheduled to start second term on Monday, teachers’ union Naptosa said school safety was not being properly addressed by the government.

Students were to return to class after a short break.

Naptosa said children and teachers were not fully protected amid fears of a protentional third wave of COVID-19 infections that could be made worse by the winter season.

Union president Basil Manuel said schools cannot afford to be complacent.

“The teachers at Naptosa have had a very difficult first term and although they have had the short break they have concerns. The quality of learning and teaching, especially because of the disruption, but at the same time, we are also worried about the third wave which we are told is on our doorstep.

The Department of Basic Education has assured South Africans that measures have been put in place to address the potential spread of COVID-19 in schools.

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