Concerns Raised About Schools Reopening In Less Than A Week

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With learners heading back to public schools in less than a week, concern within the sector and within homes grows as we live alongside Covid-19. Some schools are also reported to have shortages of teachers amongst other concerns.

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Teachers and parents' anxieties grow as public schools are set to reopen in less than a week on the 15th. 

The South African Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU) has also expressed concern about the shortage of teachers in Kwazulu-Natal. More than 800 teachers have died as a result of Covid in the province.

SADTU is calling for the education department to have the filling of teacher vacancies as a priority.

Nomarashiya Caluza who is the KZN Provincial Secretary of SADTU has said:

There's still confusion has the reports show that some schools do not have the required number of teachers which means that there's a shortage of staff.

If learners have a lack of teachers this might lead to Covid-19 protocols not being followed.

Nine districts are said to still be at work on the processes of placing teachers while only three finalised their processes. 

"That alone tells you about the state of readiness to say it is not there," said Caluza.

Another concern the union has is on the vaccination rollout. The delay in the vaccine rollout due to issues arising from the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine has caused worry.

We had hoped that if the vaccine comes first week of January maybe they'll be able to deal with the health workers and be quick to get to schools but now teachers are frustrated by what is happening.

The lack of clarity on the next stage of things has also added to the concerns.

Parents are anxious and fearing the worst when it comes to sending their children to school and if young children are able to follow the protocols.

Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, is expected to hold a briefing on Sunday concerning the state of readiness.

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