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education thumb100 News24 reports that the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) says there is a need for government to urgently consider taking the Covid-19 vaccination drive to schools.

According to the union's general secretary, Mugwena Maluleke, there was a significant number of positive cases from children aged 12-years and older in primary schools, since their return to traditional daily timetabling in August. He said returning to normal timetabling for high schools, now that the country was on adjusted lockdown Level 2, would, therefore pose a risk. "The high schools are a serious risk to even begin to adjust their attendance because we are seeing a lot of positive cases from... 12 years old in the primary schools and we must urge the Health Department to make the vaccine accessible to [those] 12 years and older as a matter of urgency," Maluleke stated. He added that the union believed there was scientific evidence supporting the rollout to children, especially those aged 12 and older. Basil Manuel of the National Professional Teachers' Organisation of SA (Naptosa) commented: "We want to see the plan [for] getting our schools safer. Not only for just now, Level 2, but we need to be looking at next year, and we need to be seeing how we are going to ensure that our learners spend more time at school." Professional Educators Union (PEU) president Johannes Motona and Chris Klopper of the SA Teachers' Union' (SAOU) indicated that they were also in support of a motion for children to get their Covid-19 jabs, provided it would be safe for them. Klopper said the vaccination of pupils, would, however, also need to be voluntary and no one should be forced.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Sesona Ngqakamba at News24

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