The unions called on employers to work closely with them so that they could devise a comprehensive plan together before the reopening of schools in the province.
Motshekga is confident that it is the correct decision to open schools in a phased approach to deal with social distancing.
The unions said their representatives ‘confirm unanimously that not all schools have received the agreed upon PPEs, sanitisation and disinfecting materials’.
‘One South Africa is left with no option but to approach the courts to safeguard the rights of parents, learners, educators and general schools’ staff,’ OSA spokesperson Dipolelo Moime said.
#NotInMyName secretary-general Themba Masango says there is a need for the school syllabus to resume, however, what is more important is to save lives amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The provincial government says the return of teachers to schools was postponed to ensure compliance.

Education Gauteng schools may use soap, not sanitiser, as criminals target PPEs

‘The PPEs, with an element of alcohol, are starting to attract the wrong people,’ Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said.

Education Lesufi seeks advice on West Rand school reopening after 164 miners test positive

The MEC was speaking during a visit to Ga-Rankuwa Primary School on Tuesday where he was inspecting compliance ahead of its reopening.

Education Students’ union lobbies for repeat graduation ceremonies on Level 1 lockdown

Graduation ceremonies are special occasions for any graduates, especially first-generation graduates in some families.

Education Another school in Cape Town hit by Covid-19 case during prep week

The case was recorded in the first week of teachers’ return to school to prepare for the phased reopening this Monday for grades 7 and 12.

Education NSFAS students urged to use allowances to buy learning devices

NSFAS-qualifying students receive learning material allowance for the year, which includes R5,200 issued once a year to beneficiaries to purchase things like laptops, tablets and books.

Crime 17-year-old arrested when three teens try to break into North West school

A 17-year-old was arrested for attempted burglary at a high school in Makapanstad, North West, on Friday.

Education Teachers need more time to prepare – Sadtu KZN

On Sunday, Sadtu KZN had joined the voice of many other unions calling on its members to stay home and not return on Monday.

Education Educators Union threatens legal action over ‘unsafe’ reopening of schools

Eusa’s lawyers are meeting on Tuesday to discuss possible legal action against the department over the return to schools.

Education I understand the concerns about schools, I am also a mother – Motshekga

Motshekga added that there was nothing to stop the government from returning to higher levels of the lockdown if the situation worsened.

Education Virtual open day on the cards for Gauteng parents to evaluate school readiness

This after concerns were raised that a physical inspection would pose a danger and leave schools contaminated, MEC Panyaza Lesufi said.

Business News Bidvest was given no tender, they offered a PPE donation, explains Lesufi

Two districts in Gauteng have experienced disruptions in the delivery of personal protective equipment (PPE) to schools, Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says.

Education Gauteng schools get a deep clean ahead of reopening

The department wants the cleaning of all schools to be completed by 27 May to ensure that there are no delays ahead of 1 June. 

Education One-third of university students allowed to return under Level 3

Students will have a period of two to three weeks to prepare for their return after the announcement of Level 3.

Hopes and fears abound over back-to-school plans

Education Hopes and fears abound over back-to-school plans

Opinion is divided about the merits of pupils returning to school, with some doubting government’s ability to ensure all the necessary Covid-19 protocols are in place, and others saying kids are safer in their classrooms than at home.

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