COVID-19: Growing calls for suspension of Western Cape schools

Teachers are threatening to shutdown schools amid growing COVID-19 concerns. The number of infections continues to increase in the province, leading to nearly 30 schools being closed. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Calls for the suspension of schools in Cape Town have intensified.

Some pupils and teachers are protesting against the continued reopening of schools.

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They say they don't have enough resources to protect themselves from COVID-19.

"The schools in the Cape Flats don't have any proper accommodation, even though the Western Cape Education Department informs us that they have given us personal protective equipment, obviously that is not sustainable at this point.

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"As you know, when learners leave school every single day, the school must be sanitised properly. The schools also don't have proper accommodation, meaning the schools were not built to accommodate 15 or 20 learners at a time," said Dean Nero from Sullivan Primary School.

The number of infections continues to increase in the province leading to nearly 30 schools being closed.

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