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EUSA Commends Educators In Phoenix, KZN, For Closing Down Schools Due To COVID-10 Concerns


THE Educators’ Union of South Africa has expressed support for the decision taken by the school governing bodies (SGBs) and principals of KwaZulu Natal’s Phoenix area not to allow Grade 6 and Grade 11 learners to return because the majority of schools were not COVID-19 compliant.

Learners at several schools in the Phoenix area were sent home on Monday because masks, sanitizers and water had not been delivered to their schools.

In a statement on Tuesday, EUSA commended the actions of the schools and principals in the Phoenix area, saying their action showed professionalism in their leadership and governance.

“It is vividly clear that both the Minister of Basic Education, Angelina Motshekga, and the MEC in the KZN Department of Education, Kwazi Mshengu, have no plans to act in the best interests of the teachers and learners, during this trying times of a deadly COVID-19 pandemic,” said EUSA President, Sicelo Bhengu.

The decision made by schools in Phoenix comes as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases continued to rise rapidly in South Africa.   

EUSA said it conducted a survey on Monday the 6th of July 2020 and can confirm that 65% of the schools in the province are without personal protective equipment and those that do are insufficient for all learners.  

“We remain steadfast in our initial position that schools shouldn’t have been reopened in the first place as this premature reopening of schools will definitely end in tears. We know that this improper  reopening of schools was not motivated by good intentions, instead it was propelled by the intentions of looting the public purse through unregulated tenders,” said Bhengu. 

(Compiled by Inside Education staff)

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