THE Educators Union of South Africa (EUSA) has called for Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga to be sacked.
The 27 000-members teachers’ union led a march on march on Youth Day at the Union Buildings calling for President Cyril Ramahosa to sack the minister following her decision to reopen schools despite reported number of COVID-19 infections in more than 150 schools.
EUSA’s founder and leader Kabelo Mahlobogwane said teachers and administrators are dying at South African schools while Motshekga is sending more learners and teachers to school next month.
“We are saying we are not opposed to the continuation of education but education must happen in a manner that it doesn’t endanger the lives of teachers and learners,” said Mahlobogwane.
Grade 7 and 12 learners returned to school on June 8 but over 150 schools have since closed due owing to the number of positive COVID-19 cases.
“It’s going to be more grades. In August more grades are going in, regardless of the fact that even water and toilets have not been delivered in schools”, said Mahlobogwane.
Last week the teachers’ union lost a court bid to order Motshekga to halt the government’s plans to reopen schools for Grade 7 and Grade 12.
(Compiled by Inside Education staff)