Trade union goes to court over the reopening of schools

The Educators’ Union of South Africa (Eusa) wants an urgent interdict with the Supreme Court to prevent schools from reopening amid the Covid 19 pandemic.

The union said in a statement that it plans to approach the court on Tuesday to review, set aside, or amend the Department of Basic Education’s decision to send learners back to school during the pandemic.

According to Eusa, he is the first organization to bring a court application of this nature so far.

The union said earlier this week that Angie Motshekga, the Minister of Basic Education, is irresponsible for sending learners back to school during this time.

Angie Motshekga.  Photo: Jacques Naude / ANA

Previously reported gr. 7- and gr. Twelve pupils nationwide are expected to be back on the school desks on Monday. However, the Northern Cape has already indicated that learners in this province will only report a week later.

A total of eight education unions and organizations representing school governing bodies, meanwhile, said schools are not ready to reopen.

The organizations met Thursday to discuss schools’ readiness to reopen Monday. They unanimously concluded that schools are not ready to reopen amid the Covid 19 pandemic.

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