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education blackboard thumb medium80 92SowetanLive reports that teachers at Eqinisweni Secondary School outside Tembisa, north of Johannesburg, have downed tools, complaining about structural defects at their school which pose a danger to their lives.  

They claimed that even though an engineers’ report showed that the school in Ivory Park had problems, the district director still wanted them to continue with classes.  The report followed the collapse of one of the classrooms during the first week of the national lockdown.  One of the teachers said:  "Some of the walls are no longer holding, as a result they are shaky.  The report from the engineers who came to inspect the school shows clearly that the disaster can happen any time.  The department is not serious about our safety, we are worried about our learners ... We are not going to be killed by coronavirus but by the building that will fall on us."  The engineers recommended that an urgent response was required and that the area of the collapse should remain barricaded.  Gauteng education spokesperson Steve Mabona commented:  "The process to appoint the contractor is at an advanced stage.  We are also finalising the process to accommodate the school at an identified neighbouring school accordingly."

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Yoliswa Sobuwa at SowetanLive

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