Even though the schools may have reopened, they should be a safe environment for everyone. A safe learning environment can be achieved when the Covid-19 protocols are followed and when the staff and the learners are not infected.
The MEC for Education is reported to have made a comment regarding those teachers and non teaching staff who did not get vaccinated. He said that he hoped they would change their minds and also get vaccinated against the pandemic.
The Covid-19 pandemic is still spreading among the residents of South Africa , and the daily infections are still in their thousands even though they are below the 10 000 mark.The MEC expressed disappointment in the fact that even though the vaccination had been brought to the teachers, some still decided not to get vaccinated.
The reasons for not getting vaccinated varies from one member to the next.However , in the final extended week of the vaccination drive, Gauteng and Kwa-Zulu Natal provinces were hit by series of unrest.This led to the suspension of some services, including the vaccination drive.
From what happened in the final week , it can be noted that some may have failed to get vaccinated as a result of the unrest .The Minister of Basic Education Mrs Angie Motshekga said that those who did not get vaccinated would be given another chance to get vaccinated.
The MEC hopes that those who were not vaccinated get to be vaccinated when they get another opportunity.There are 125 00 teachers who are reported to have registered to get vaccinated, but only 93 percent got vaccinated.
8000 have not been vaccinated to date. A few weeks ago, the Gauteng Education Department released a statement which said that there had been almost 10 000 teachers who had decided not to take the vaccines.It is still a long way for the Gauteng province before it can have the remaining 8000 teachers vaccinated.
Vaccination was implemented so that the teachers could be safe from getting infected as there were plans to revert to the full time attendance of the primary school learners.
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