The Department of Education in Gauteng says about 20 schools have been closed interchangeably between 1-3 days since February, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The province is experiencing the third wave of Covid infections.
With the vaccine rollout going smoothly, the South African Democratic Teachers Union, better known as SADTU, is questioning government's processes. They want government to not only do more but to also prioritise the vaccinations of teachers.
Schools are due to open this month but with the country going through the crisis of the second Covid wave, many are now speaking against schools reopening. A survey done showed that over 50% of adults do not agree with schools reopening.
With schools reopening soon and no word from the Department on it being pushed back yet, National Teachers' Union believes that schools are not ready to open yet with concerns about teachers being raised as well.
With the 2021 school year looking uncertain now that South Africa experiences a second wave of infections, the Department of Basic Education has now said where they currently stand in terms of when schools will be opening.
The Minister of Basic Education has offered more clarity about the proposed school calendar. She has addressed the uproar on social media and confirmed that the Education sector will open on the 4th of May, based on a detailed phased-in approach.
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Unisa has announced that they'll be stopping the issuing of certificates. Previously, Unisa students would have received SMSs telling them to fetch their certificates from campus but this will now end.
A bigger spotlight is needed when it comes to student mental health. In just two weeks, three students from the University of the Witwatersrand died by suicide. The University's Student Representative Council has spoken on the matter.