COVID-19: Unions intensify call for school closure

Teachers unions are anxiously waiting for an announcement from the Basic Education Department on whether schools will remain open. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Teachers unions want schools to be closed for the whole of August.

This is because of the increasing COVID-19 infections.

The unions met with the Basic Education department on Wednesday night for the final push on their proposal.

Teachers' union, Sadtu, says it's not calling for an indefinite closure of schools, but a suspension until after the COVID-19 peak.

Sadtu says the 2020 academic year is not lost.

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Chris Klopper from the South African Teachers Union says teachers are at high risk of infection from pupils.

Klopper says the average age of a teacher is between 48 and 60.

Government is expected to make its decision soon.

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Government is expected to make a final decision on closing schools amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Courtesy #DStv403

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