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Western Cape Gives Teachers More Time To Return

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) has decided to give teachers who have been working from home more time to return to school. This follows the Basic Education department's announcement that teachers would have to return to work on Monday 21 September. 

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The WCED has decided that teachers who have been working from home will have until 28 September to return to school.

"The WCED had decided that all affected staff members (teachers and non-teaching staff) who have been granted such a concession to work from home temporarily, must now return to work as required"

"In the interest of reasonableness, it was decided that all such staff members must be back at work no later than Monday 28 September 2020," said WCED Spokesperson, Bronagh Hammond. 

The department has also said that the contracts of teaching assistants who were hired to help teachers with comorbidities will also expire soon. 

"Schools were also informed that Teaching Assistants that have been employed temporarily to assist teachers with comorbidities that their contracts will terminate on 30 September 2020, as was communicated previously with regards to the downgrade to level 1,"

Teachers have not only been encouraged by the department to return to school, but by unions too.

Naptosa spokesperson, Basil Manuel said teachers have the duty to return to work or else they will be in breach of their contracts. 

“You’ve got to go back. You’ve got to ensure that you aren’t in violation of your contract," he said.

Basic Education Department spokesperson, Elijah Mhlanga said teachers had to return to school or else they would face the consequences. 

“We did say to the teachers, and they know this, that continued absence without notice for 14 days becomes dismissal,"

"We hope they won’t do that because they want to work and we believe they have reported for duty,"

Mhlanga said teachers who cannot report for duty should apply for sick leave.

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