Grayston Prep did right thing to protect pupils - Sadtu
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize on Monday announced that four more people had tested positive for COVID-19 increasing the tally to seven in South Africa.
Grayston Preparatory School in Sandton took precautionary measures by closing the school on Monday after it was revealed that a teacher came into contact with one of the people who tested positive for the virus.
The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) is calling for more proactive measures from the government towards curbing the spread of coronavirus in schools.
How prepared are schools in dealing with cases of COVID-19?
Bongani Bingwa speaks to the union's secretary-general Mugwena Maluleke and Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa executive director Lebogang Montjane to weigh in on the preparedness of schools amid the spread of the coronavirus.
Maluleke says the union supports the precautionary measures that the school took on Monday.
We know very well that when we are dealing with a contagious virus which is spreading quickly around the world, panic is always going to be there. We believe that the school was protecting the children.Mugwena Maluleke, Secretary-general - Sadtu
Montjane says a notification to schools was sent on the coronavirus in February.
We have had three cases in three of our schools, in the first case the father was confirmed to have the virus and then the school decided to close for a period to figure out what they needed to do.Lebogang Montjane, Executive director - Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa
Grayston Preparatory School was only informed on Monday because one of their teachers had been contacted by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) and said she had been in contact with a confirmed person with the virus, he adds.
Then the school closed its doors to figure out the next step, he says.
Listen below to the full conversation with Sadtu:
Listen below to the full conversation with the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa:
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