Covid-19 lands in KZN rural school
Five schools have been shut-down in kwaNongoma, rural KwaZulu-Natal due to multiple cases of corona virus. This comes after the re-opening of schools by the Department of Basic Education was criticised by many parents as being a hasty decision with possible repercussions.
Educators feel that this decision continues to do more harm than good as it places learners and staff members at risk of contracting the virus.
“The opening of schools made things worse but there was nothing more we could have done because we do not have the right equipment or even a stable network for remote learning,” said Mr. Khanyile who is a teacher at Prince Mnyayiza High School, one of the schools that have been shut down.
Four teachers tested positive in this high school, and they are currently in isolation.
Head of Department Mr Nxumalo who also tested positive, said that the South African Democratic Teacher’s Union (SADTU) pushed hard for schools not to re-open because they knew it was a disaster awaiting to happen.
“The government decided without considering that they would be putting the lives of children and ours at risk,” said Nxumalo.
He said that he and three other teachers tested positive for corona but are all recovering in self-quarantine. Learners were not tested despite the positive cases that have been reported in the school.
“I thought my child was going to miss out on school but now I have realised that missing out on school is better than losing a life because this virus is here and it is deadly,” said Nokuthula Ngema, one of the parents.