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nehawu80The Star reports that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) is extremely worried about the growing number of Covid-19 cases in institutions of higher learning across the country.

Meantime, Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) Minister Dr Blade Nzimande has made an appeal to students, lecturers and all staff to remain vigilant and adhere to the Covid-19 regulations. This came after the department received reports of pockets of Covid-19 infections within the post-school education and training sector from Higher Health, the agency mandated by the to safeguard student health and well-being. “While Covid-19 has largely been detrimental for the older population groups, the virus is mutating and new variants are showing a higher affinity towards young people who can serve as carriers and hasten the spread of infection. Unfortunately, that would fire up the third wave,” warned Nzimande on Friday. Nehawu called on the DHET and its partners to expedite the screening, testing and tracing of students and workers on all campuses. “More attention must immediately be paid to these institutions as they have a potential to become super-spreaders,” it warned. The union added that most of the higher learning institutions were far from ready to welcome workers and students back to campuses. “Most institutions do not have personal protective equipment, nor enough space for social distancing,” Nehawu claimed

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Chulumanco Mahamba at The Star

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