It’s official: principals and other members of school management teams (SMTs) will not be reporting for duty on Monday.
At least, so says teachers’ union Suid-Afrikaanse Onderwysersunie (SAOU).
This is what was agreed on during a virtual meeting between teacher unions and the minister of basic education, Angie Motshekga, on Saturday, according to Chris Klopper, SAOU CEO.
In a news flash to members on Saturday afternoon, SAOU said that SMTs would now be expected to return to school on May 18, and teachers on May 25. The previous proposed date for the return of the SMTs was May 11 and May 18 for teachers. Grade 12 and 7 pupils were expected to return on June 1.
Klopper said that Motshekga had intimated that the department and the nine provincial education departments required another week to be able to provide Covid-19 essentials.
He said that his union had also requested more feedback on, among other things:
- A special focused catch-up plan for grade 12s in the event that June 1 is not feasible for the whole system;
- a progress report on curriculum trimming for all grades and subjects;
- the position of staff members who were over 60 years of age as well as those teachers with underlying medical problems;
- staff members who were pregnant;
- pupils and teachers from neighbouring countries;
- school hostels; and
- what to do with young children of working parents when they return to work.