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Nearly a month ago, the Department of Education in Kwazulu-Natal had announced a decision to retrench over 6000 teachers. The South African Democratic teachers Union (SADTU) remained opposed to the decision by the department and their efforts have paid off. 

South African Democratic Teachers Union has expressed its discontent with the current payment arrangements for Grade R practitioners. The Union said while it celebrates that public servants have received their non-pensionable cash gratuity, this has not been the case for Grade R practitioners.

The National Professional Teachers Organisation of South Africa (NAPTOSA) sends a stern warning against teachers who still refuse to vaccinate. The teachers union indicated that it has been consistent in speaking to its members to go and get vaccinated, and refusal to do so could enforce mandatory processes. 

Teacher's unions are unhappy with the new 0.5m social distancing rules for primary schools and are requesting an urgent meeting with the Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga concerning this. 


The Suid-Afrikaanse Onderwysersunie (SAOU) has now raised concerns over developments of teachers who refuse to take the vaccine for invalid reasons. Read further for more.

Teacher's union Naptosa says schools should commence as scheduled on Monday 26 July but that schools in KwaZulu-Natal are unable to reopen as planned due to property damage caused by last week's violence and looting. 

Recently another school has been destroyed and others vandalized and looted, which compromises the education of many children. These events have left NAPTOSA feeling sickened.


Teachers in South Africa are next in line to receive Covid-19 vaccines, as half a million Johnson & Johnson vaccines doses have been secured for them but await authorisation from the FDA in the USA. Naptosa welcomes the rollout but expresses concern over the delay of the authorisation. 

The National Teachers' Organisation of South Africa has voiced its concerns as teachers prepare for their vaccine jab following the arrival of half a million doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. 

Teachers are now calling for Government to provide them with salary increases. Public servants believe that government does not care about them and that workers should be paid what they deserve.

The Teachers Council has launched a handbook for teachers on how to deal with violence at school. Teachers have been facing violence in various forms for years and the Teachers Council is finally acknowledging it. 

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.

The Department of Basic Education's Minister Angie Motshekga has said that parents must still pay school fees at fee-paying schools despite schools closing for extended periods of time due to outbreaks of Covid-19. 

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.

Recently the TPN Credit Bureau conducted a survey which indicated that schools are facing challenges in collecting fees from parents. 

Teacher unions are concerned that too many schools don’t have PPE for their educators as teachers are set to be back on duty at public schools today. The lives and safety of teachers are a big concern when it comes to the reopening of schools.

According to the calendar set out by the Department of Basic Education, school management teams and support staff are expected to return to schools today. 

Some teachers are now showing concern and are worried that even with the delayed reopening of schools, returning to schools still won't be safe for them. Teachers are due back at schools on 1 February with learners following on 15 February.

Matric exam markers in the Free State are fearful to return to marking centres after eight markers tested positive for the coronavirus at seven different venues. 

The Director-General of the Department of Basic Education, Mathanzima Mweli, is concerned when it comes to social distancing not being undertaken at a Limpopo marking centre.