SADTU has expressed strong opposition of the unilateral decision to allow learners who may have tested positive for COVID-19 to write exams on the same premises as other learners.
The South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) took to Twitter on Thursday, 5 November 2020, to condemn the unilateral decision taken by the Department of Basic Education (DBE) and the Department of Health (DOH) regarding matric exams. The two departments recently announced that learners who show signs of COVID-19 will be permitted to write their final exams on the same premises as other learner, but in isolation.
SADTU has come out against the decision, highlighting that it is not employees of the departments who will be expected to supervise the learners in isolation. Instead, it will be the teaching staff at the exam centres that will be tasked with the supervision, which ultimately puts their lives at risk.
According to SADTU, “The unfortunate and unilateral decision is in violation of the isolation protocols of the Department of Health, which state that once tested positive, an individual must isolate. The isolation means not to move from an area to the other until the end of the prescribed duration.”
The union has requested to meet with the DBE and DOH to discuss its concerns and find common ground.
See the post below.
SADTU calls on DBE and DOH to convene an urgent meeting on the unilateral decision that violates the isolation protocols during the writing of final examinations @DBE_SA @IOL @SA_Labour_News @SABreakingNews @POWER987News @ewnupdates
— SADTU National. (@SadtuNational) November 5, 2020