28 May 2020
SADTU in Mpumalanga has noted Circular 22 of 2020 from the Mpumalanga Education Department on confirmation or resumption of duties by teachers and support staff.
The circular was released today 28 May and indicates that the department is of ‘the view that all teachers and support staff resume duty on Friday 29 May2020 for orientation and preparation for the return of Grade 7 and 12 learners next week.’
The union holds a contradictory view and sees this as an impossibility. The union has always indicated that education workers in general and our members in particular are ready to go to work if the following conditions are in place:
The department has not complied with all the above as majority of schools, particularly in the rural areas, are in the same state as pre-lockdown. As a union we have lots of information that shows that the majority of schools have not received PPEs and in some instances schools have only one 25 Liter bucket of sanitizer.
The other major areas of concern are the following:
We urge the department to continue with efforts to make schools comply with safety protocols. They must only summon education workers in schools when all schools have received the necessary stock in required quantities and school buildings and offices have been made compliant.
Lastly, the union calls for an urgent meeting between teacher unions in the province and the Mpumalanga Education Department.
In the interim, Circular 22 of 2020 is rejected.
ISSUED BY: Provincial Secretariat
Walter Hlaise - Provincial Secretary: 0828855950
Patrick Mkhonto - Deputy Provincial Secretary: 0832673011