Educators Urged To Prepare For Vaccination Rollout
The Department of Basic Education has called on all teachers and staff members within the education sector to be present in all schools nationwide in order to prepare for the vaccination programme that is set to begin on Wednesday June 23rd.
In an official statement issued on Monday morning, the Department of Basic Education has urged all teachers and staff to be in school regularly in preparation for the vaccine programme slated to begin on Wednesday.
The vaccine programme is part of the department's efforts to normalize school attendance and accelerate vaccine rollout amid rapidly rising infection numbers in schools across the country.
Regular attendance to school will contribute to the successful implementation of the vaccine programme target at 582 000 people in the next two weeks. The vaccination programme is an opportunity to normalize schooling and intensify the process of mitigating the impact of Covid-19 on schooling.
During her address on the Basic Education sector’s response to the impact of Coronavirus COVID-19 on schooling this past weekend, Motshekga added that the programme will start on Wednesday, June 25 following the arrival of 300 000 doses of the Johnson&Johnson vaccine.
Furthermore, the Basic Education Minister also stated that all 5 officially recognized teachers Unions are in full support of the vaccination program.
South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) spokesperson, Trevor Shaku is among those who welcomed the decision:
It is a positive move that the department of basic education has proceeded to prioritize teachers and all other staff in the education sector be vaccinated because from how thing have been unfolding, Covid-19 had pushed the education sector into serious disarray in which learners had to rotate and as a result, many had to adjust to different and new methods of teaching which were implemented through the rotation basis.
Secretary-General of South African Democratic Teacher's Union, Mugwena Maluleke went on to say that most of its members were open to taking the vaccine:
432 000 out of 482 000 have said yes we will take the vaccine and it is that we have to motivate all our teacher and all our teachers and support staff because they are frontline workers and therefore they need more information and support in order for them take that particular decision.
On the 28th May 2021, The Basic Education Department issued a Government Gazette, in which we announced that primary school learners would return to school on the first day of the Third School Term on 26 July 2021.
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