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Teachers union – DBE must first deal with Covid-19 epidemic at school

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Teachers union condemn the decision of department of Basic Education (DBE)’s for phased reopening of schools and have called on the department to deal with the current outbreak before welcoming more pupils.


Beginning from next week, some grades are expected to resume the academic year despite the spike of infections across schools in the country.

On Tuesday, while briefing Parliament’s Education committee, the department announced that there were 775 schools affected by COVID-19

National teacher’s union. Alan Thompson, said schools had barely been able to cope since the return of grade 7 and matric pupils.

“They are neglecting everything that we have agreed upon. As a result, schools are becoming the new epicentre for the propagation of infections. Now we are asking ourselves if more grades are brought back, what is going to happen to the education system?”

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