The Gauteng Education Department is embarking on a massive recruitment drive to get substitute teachers. This as Grade 7 and 12 learners prepare to return to school on June 1.
The majority of teachers in the province are over the age of 55, and will be allowed to work from home. The trend in coronavirus cases seems to indicate that the elderly are more likely to die from COVID-19 because of underlying conditions they may have.
Gauteng Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi, says none of the older teachers will be allowed on the school premises.

“Those teachers that are above 60, that they believe they’ve got comorbidities and they cannot come to work, they can work from home. We will support them, but we’ll put substitute teachers that will provide that kind of assistance that is needed. This is very important to us because we don’t want educators that might have sicknesses that may infect our learners to be within our school premises.”

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Confusion over reopening of schools

The Federation of Governing Bodies of South African Schools (FEDSAS) says it has been left with more questions than answers after the Minister of Basic Education announced this week that Grade 7 and 12 learners will return to school.

FEDSAS CEO Paul Colditz says they have been flooded with questions from schools, as well as concerned parents seeking clarity on whether all the necessary requirements have been met for a safe return to school.

Colditz says, “I’m afraid the announcement left us with more questions than answers. That’s quite apparent from all the questions we’ve been getting from schools all over the country. The fact is that the grassroots level, we know and have experienced it that the majority of provinces are not ready to open on the 1st, or to receive learners and teachers in an environment which is as far as humanly possible able to guarantee their safety, well-being and health.”

In the video below, a concerned mother and her Grade 12 son react to the re-opening of schools: