A mother in Durban said her husband saw a message on their son’s school group last Wednesday, saying a teacher tested positive for the virus.
She says the school should have been closed for the rest of the week, but believes she was instead negligent and irresponsible in telling the children to attend class and take tests.
“Why are you putting the lives of children who shouldn’t be in school at risk when you should be spending the day deep cleaning. We can’t trace where this educator has been; what surface she touched? , what other educator has touched this surface [and] the contact they had with the children.
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Another parent says schools should be closed during this third wave. She says she feels the most for the teachers.
“Teachers are exposed; teachers are obliged to come to school. You know this is wrong. If a teacher dies, the whole system feels it. The country thinks that if a teacher dies, why do we have so little respect for teachers? “
Department of Basic Education spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga said decisions to close schools were made by the Department of Health.
“Covid is not a question of school, it is now a question of education. It is a matter of public health and on all matters regarding Covid-19 we are guided and directed by the Ministry of Health.
“So what you see the schools doing is what is provided for in the standard operating procedures, which were developed in partnership with the Ministry of Health and approved by them for implementation.”