Amanda Watson and Reitumetse Makwea
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18 Jun 2021
9:27 am

Education dept’s plan to reduce Covid-19 panic

Amanda Watson and Reitumetse Makwea

300 thousand vaccines meant for teachers have arrived in SA, and should go a long way toward providing some relief for the sector

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In his budget speech yesterday to the Gauteng Legislature, education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said the third wave of Covid-19 infections was causing “immeasurable panic and misery” in schools. “This year alone, 1 077 [teachers] tested positive, the number of [pupils] who tested positive was almost double that, at 1 977,” he said. “We are monitoring the situation and await guidance and advice from our health experts. We remain open-minded in taking whatever action will assist to minimise the infections in our schools.” The department of health (DOH) yesterday announced a new attempt to revive its stumbling vaccination  programme, following the...