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education blackboard thumb medium80 92BL Premium reports that public schooling, which has already been delayed because of the resurging Covid-19 pandemic, is set to resume at the end of January.  

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) said on Monday that teachers would return to school on 25 January, while pupils would follow on 27 January.  Elijah Mhlanga, DBE spokesperson, indicated:  “In terms of our state of readiness, we are saying we are ready to open. We will learn from the lessons from last year.”  The SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) and the SA Teachers’ Union (SAOU) said issues that had to be sorted out included ensuring that there was enough personal protective equipment (PPE) available.  Calls have also been made for teachers to be vaccinated early and treated as front-line workers.  SAOU’s Chris Klopper said new masks would have to be made available for new grade 8 and grade 1 pupils, while sanitiser supplies should also be addressed as stock was depleted.  Klopper said another issue was teachers with comorbidities.  SA is back on alert level 3, previously under which teachers with comorbidities were allowed to not go to school.  Sadtu’s Mugwena Maluleke said schools had to open safely as guided by the science.  Maluleke also said there should be an economic stimulus package for all provinces, while there had to be proper tracking and tracing.  Infrastructure at schools should also be focused on.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Claudi Mailovich at BusinessLive (paywall access only)

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