Dept Is Not Doing Enough About Covid Surges In Schools - Union

Teacher unions in the Eastern Cape have slammed the Provincial Education department for the manner in which it's handling the surge of Covid-19 cases at schools. This follows reports that nine schools have seen a rise in Covid-19 cases.

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The Education Department in Eastern Cape has come under scrutiny from teacher unions after nine schools in the province reported a surge in Covid-19 infections. The majority of these schools are located in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro and the O.R Tambo district.

As it stands more than 1 300 learners have been infected with the virus. 

The unions have cited a lack of communication and that the measures that are currently in place are not sufficient to deal with the surge. They fear that more lives may be lost if the Department does not deal with the issue with more urgency.

An official from the South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) says they are not happy with the department. 

Additionally, they are of the view that engagements among department officials need to look closely at the impact of the full return of primary school learners to daily attendance and the reduction of social distancing from 1.5m to 1m. 

In response, the Education Department has said that it is doing to mitigate the surge in infection numbers.

We have taken a decision to ensure that the Department of Health, Department of Social Development and Department of Education, through the collaboration framework, work together to make sure that the infections that have been reported can be curbed.

The Department of Health is continuing with testing and tracing of individuals who might be infected.

 

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