The South African Democratic Teachers Unions (SADTU) has implored its members not to return to work on the re-opening of school on 01 June, citing various issues including lack of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and safety measures.
As Basic Education minister instructed educators to report on duty on last Monday, Sekhukhune Times has also visited various schools to access the state of readiness for the re-opening of schools.
The Times interacted with schools management were some of them had complained about delay in delivery of the expected materials.
Despite some of schools, received masks and few sanitizers, they gave the paper long faces when asked about their contagious plans to deal with emergency matters next week Monday.
Some avoided their responsibilities to demonstrate measures to be put in places on arrival of learners.
Expected returning learners said they realised that the school environment is going to be different before the inception of lockdown.
“We are still in the middle of a global pandemic, and the number of confirmed cases is continuing to grow. However we understand that there is a lot of content to cover,” said learners
Some said they are nervous to return to school, citing should anyone test positive it puts family and them at risk.
Addressing learners who use transport to school, MEC for education Polly Boshielo said she’s busy is reviewing the ownership of scholar transport to ensure that standard requirements are met before schools reopen.
MEC Boshielo said they work with transport department to ensure that scholar transport are roadworthy and must be registered with electronic national traffic information system.
Meanwhile the Public Servant Association expressed their disappointment on education department for failing to provide schools with proper sanitation facilities.
Association said it is shocked by the department, to provide only 215 schools with proper sanitation facilities, while there are more than 500 schools without proper toilets.
Guardians said the visibility of delay in the delivery of the PPE is very worrying, citing that learners and teachers lives are a priority.
In response to the Public Servant Association, Tidimalo Chuene, provincial spokesperson for education, confirmed that only few schools received adequate sanitation facilities.
Chuene promised non-received schools to expect their sanitation facilities from the department of human settlements, water and sanitation.
She said they noted SADTU concern promising to respond to their issue soon. Chuene said her department working hard to prepare the education system for the reopening of schools
Schools principals are urged to remain standby in the school premises to collect all available provisions and to ensure that systems are put in place PPEs.