A teacher union wants the government to do more, after hearing news of some schools receiving PPE and hand sanitisers that are not up to standard. The union is afraid that schools are not ready to receive pupils, even after the break that the government said it would use to solve these problems.
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The National Professional Teachers' Organisation of South Africa (Naptosa) said it first wants the government to solve issues of overcrowded schools and Personal Protective Equipment before letting more grades return.
This is the same cry that the union had in July when it called for schools to close because it felt that the government was not doing enough to provide learners and teachers with protective gear and psycho-social support.
Naptosa president, Basil Manuel said one of the biggest issues that some schools are facing now is a shortage of teachers, since some teachers have comorbidities.
He said the survey that Naptosa did with other unions showed that 13% of schools were worried about making timetables because of the teacher shortages that they were facing.
Absenteeism is also a big problem at schools, as some schools were reporting that some learners have not been returning.
"In the last couple of weeks, when the grade 12s and 7s have been back, the attendance hasn't been as great as it should be."
He said the reopening of schools should not be done at all costs, as schools could become the place where the next wave starts.
Manuel said the department was not giving enough psychosocial support to teachers and learners.
"Not all learners are as resilient as others, and they need support. They live in communities where people have died, family members have fallen ill, they live in fear of doing so too."
Many learners in matric have also been facing pressure, especially because they have to catch up 3 months worth of work without getting any extra lessons.
He said teachers need just as much support because they face similar problems and pressures to the ones that learners face.
Some schools have been left behind because not all schools have been following the same system.
There are some schools that have received PPE that is not up to standard and some have received hand sanitisers with less than 40% alcohol.
Manuel said these are the schools that Naposa is worried about because even though the department has done well in some schools, it has not necessarily done enough.
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