SADTU Northern Cape Media Statement on the reopening of schools

21 May 2020

We have noted the presentation by the Minister of Basic Education Ms Angie Motshekga on the reopening of schools for teachers on the 25th of May 2020 and for Grade 7 and Grade 12 learners on the 1st June 2020.

We appreciate the engagements we had with the Northern Cape Department of Education as Teachers Unions. The engagements have indeed put us in a better and well informed position to report back to our members and all stakeholders on the readiness of the Province.

The Northern Cape Department of Education in their circular 21 / 2020 issued on the 15th of May 2020 indicated that the reporting of the SMT on the 11th and teachers on the 18th has been postponed and that the new date will be communicated to all stakeholders in due course. Until such communication is issued, we urge our members to stay at home and not report for duty on the 25th of May 2020.

The above position is informed by the last assessment report presented to the unions which clearly indicated that the Northern Cape Department of Education is not ready to open schools on Monday 25th May 2020 for teachers and this delay will definitely have an impact on the reopening for the learners on the 1st June 2020.

 We eagerly await the pronouncement by the MEC on Monday 25 May and trust that the MEC will pronounce the position of the Province that will be in the best interest of everyone.

As SADTU we are not opposed to the reopening of schools, our teachers are keen to go back to schools and resume their responsibilities of educating the nation by educating learners. However the Department has the obligation to ensure that its employees and the learners return to hygienic and safe schools.

Please Stay At Home. Wash Your Hands Regularly With Soap and Water or Sanitize. Always Wear A Mask In Public. Observe Social Distancing

Issued by the Secretariat

Palesa Nqumashe: Provincial Secretary - 0737534187
Thabo Gaethijwe: Deputy Provincial Secretary - 0794744069