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Sakhiseni Nxumalo
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8 Feb 2022
06:02

Full-time attendance mostly smooth at KZN schools

Sakhiseni Nxumalo

Education bodies described the first day of full-time attendance at schools as largely smooth.

Education bodies described the first day of full-time attendance at schools as largely smooth.

National Professional Teachers’ Organisation of South Africa’s (Naptosa) provincial chief executive Thirona Moodley said it was exciting to see that schools were ready to receive all pupils. However, Moodley said the union was still concerned with the number of unfilled vacancies in schools. She said returning pupils would exacerbate already challenging circumstances.

National Teachers Union (Natu) secretary-general, Cynthia Barnes, shared the same sentiment and said their members who were on the ground yesterday came back with positive feedback. Barnes said the only concern was that a number of schools in KwaZulu-Natal, especially in rural areas, did not have sufficient infrastructure to accommodate all the pupils.

Slow repairs to storm-damaged schools

KZN convener of the Congress of South African Students (Cosas) in KZN, Cebolenkosi Khumalo, said all their members who were deployed across the province and the country came back with positive feedback.

“We are just worried about those schools which were damaged by floods in KZN. We are still going to gather a full report about those schools to request a meeting with provincial leadership,” said Khumalo.

The Department of Education’s head of department (HOD) Dr Barney Mthembu, who visited Pinetown District on Monday to monitor the return to full attendance said they were pleased with the turnout of pupils in schools.

On schools affected by storms and unrest, Mthembu said 244 mobile classes were needed at schools around KZN, of which 190 have already been installed.