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SAHRC takes Western Cape to court over reopening of schools

SAHRC takes Western Cape to court over reopening of schools Janine Mon, 06/01/2020 - 08:25 Teaser Media Paragraphs The SA Human Rights Commission is taking legal action against the Western Cape government on Monday. Courtesy of #DStv403 CAPE TOWN - The SA Human Rights Commission is taking legal action against the Western Cape government on Monday. The commission wants the province s decision to reopen schools, reversed. READ: SAHRC asks Motshekga to reconsider schools reopening Western Cape officials have said its schools are ready to reopen on Monday as lockdown alert Level 3 begins. The province is opening schools despite the Basic Education Department postponing its planned reopening to next week. A number of teachers have tested positive for COVID-19 in the Western Cape. This has put a spanner in the works, as the province prepares to open schools next week. Despite this case, the provincial education department says it has precautionary measures in place to ensure the safety of both teachers and pupils. Let s get more on this with Education MEC, Debbie Schäfer. Courtesy #DStv403   Education MEC Debbie Schäfer reported last week that four schools in the province had recorded COVID-19 cases among returning teachers. The Hague Primary School in Delft, Parkvale Primary School in Valhalla Park, Kasselsvlei, and Wallacedene Primary School saw returning teachers testing positive for the virus. READ: Western Cape schools expected to reopen Despite these cases, Schäfer has insisted that the province is ready and able to begin the school program. Andre Gaum from the SAHRC said the Western Cape is not perfectly ready. According to our monitoring and our assessment and also surveys that have been done, they are about 80 percent ready. So there are also a substantial number of schools in the Western Cape that are, indeed, not ready. - Coronavirus Hotline Number: 0800 029 999 from 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday. Help protect your loved ones by sharing this official South African government COVID-19 service with your family, friends and community. Send HI to 0600 123 456 on WhatsApp. The NICD has another Clinician Hotline to improve #COVID19 communication and support for healthcare providers. The Clinician Hotline is 0800 11 1131, operating 24 hrs. The Public Hotline is 0800 029 999 also operating 24hrs.


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