ATT ALL MEDIA HOUSES: NIMNSA BROADCASTS PICKET AGAINST EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RE: School Readiness
The country will collectively transition to Level 3 of the National Lockdown mandated by the Disaster Management Act on the 1st of June. For the education sector, this means that Grade 7 and Grade 12 pupils will resume with academics. Interesting to note is that all other gatherings are still prohibited because of concerns regarding Social Distancing and rate of infection.
The Public Education Sector, in consideration of its general challenges as a department prior to the COVID-19 epidemic, will find it much harder to enforce regulations such as Social Distancing. The Basic Education department has admitted that not all schools will be ready by the 1st of June. #NOTINMYNAME is of the opinion that there is no scientific evidence to support the speed at which the National Command Council wants to reopen schools. We are cognizant of the measures the department claims it has taken, some of which implicate them in corrupt PPE agreements, however we immensely believe that the department and the NCC are gambling with children’s lives.
In response, #NOTINMYNAME will be broadcasting a picket (supported by coalitions of student bodies and civil rights organisations) on the 27th of May at the Department of Basic Education. The decision to reopen schools is in contravention of several Lockdown Regulations under Level 3 because by design, they mimic the interactive nature of banned businesses and organisations such as restaurants and churches.
The decision to use children as guinea pigs (also referred to as reopening schools) should be reconsidered by the NCC and DBE.
ISSUED ON BEHALF OF #NOTINMYNAMESA
Mo Senne (Head of Communications)
Themba Masango (SG)