The South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) has suggested that schools should close until a later period.Article Category: News
The Union has said it wants schools to close until after the peak of covid-19 in the country. The message was delivered by the union's secretary general, Mugwena Maluleke.
SADTU's National Executive Council says its decision to suggest this has been informed by the peak and the winter season.
"It requires we use the peak and the influenza period as an opportunity to get scientists to work on responses while learners are at home.
SADTU has also noticed some inconsistencies with the Standard Operating Procedures, and hopes the period away from school will allow for change to come about.
"The suspension of classes during this period would afford the platforms entrusted with the regulations and protocols, to amend and train the users. The situation is dire and impacts on everyone in the community, and not only schools." said Maluleke.
SADTU is also concerned that a number of schools have been recording high rates of absenteeism.
“There’s little effective teaching and learning taking place when you have fewer learners in the classroom than you have got teachers.”
Maluleke has suggested for teaching and learning to take place remotely by using various apps as well as social media.
“We also call for the use of education apps where the content is verified and authenticated by the department not to be harmful to our children and to our teachers. But we also call for the use of social media such as WhatsApp so that learning does not stop when the learners are at home."Tags: schoolbasic education departmentangie motshekgamotshekgaminister motshekgacoronavirus south africacoronavirus uscoronavirus tipscoronavirus cureWHOworld health organisationcoronavirus real-time statisticsCenters for Disease Control and PreventionCDCFlattening the curveCoronavirus USAcoronavirus chinacoronavirus italyCoronavirus recessionCoronavirus petsVirusFace masksRespirator masksN95 face masks