GEORGE NEWS - The National Professional Teachers Organisation of South Africa (Naptosa) has launched a protest action, asking national Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, to delay the phased-in return to schools on Monday 6 July.
The local Naptosa shop steward, Ockie van Niekerk, says it is much too early to open schools.
“All schools in the Western Cape wanting to participate in the protest action are welcome to do so. I personally do not like the word “strike”, because it is not a strike action. Our members are asked to protest in the morning before school starts, so that we do not disrupt any academic time.”
Van Niekerk says they asked that teachers wear black today, Friday 3 July, and again on Monday to show their support. The strike is to take place at schools from 07:15 to 08:00 on Monday morning so as not to disrupt school hours.
The protest action was launched in support of educators and support staff who are dying.
Naptosa believes it is unwise to allow more children to attend school while Covid-19 is only expected to peak in July/August. They also say not enough psycho-social support is being given.
A call for protest action also went out from a group of parents of George High learners. A message was sent out on social media asking parents of Grade 10 and 11 learners to show up for the protest action at the school on Monday morning. They say the school is not ready for more learners.
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