Level 1: More teachers return to school


More than 22,000 teachers should be in the classrom today, after country entered lockdown Level 1 today.

JOHANNESBURG - Thousands of teachers returned to school on Monday as the country entered lockdown Level 1

These are the teachers with comorbidities who were allowed to work from home under previous levels.

The decision comes following an agreement between teacher unions and the Basic Education Department.

READ: Basic Education dept urges all teachers to return to school

Some teachers had returned already, despite concerns.

“I was a little bit apprehensive over the weekend, but having been in the school for the two days in the week when I could pop in, I know that everything is running proper and our procedures are being adhered to,” said primary school principal Leigh Shaw-Taylor.

Teacher unions have encouraged their members to adhere to their contracts.

READ: SA Lockdown: Back to school for teachers working from home

“You’ve got to go back. You’ve got to ensure that you aren’t in violation of your contract," said Basil Manuel, Naptosa spokesperson.

"And if you don’t arrive back, you are then absconding.”

But what will happen if a teacher does not report for work?

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“We did say to the teachers, and they know this, that continued absence without notice for 14 days becomes dismissal," said education department spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga.

"We hope they won’t do that because they want to work and we believe they have reported for the duty this morning.”

Teachers have been reminded to keep themselves and others safe and shools are encouraged to keep maintaining a safe environment.

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