Gauteng teachers get back to school to find no PPE

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Gauteng teachers get back to school to find no PPE

Department blames lockdown delays as it is also still to deliver stationery and textbooks to some schools

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School staff reporting for duty in Gauteng on Monday did so without the required personal protective equipment, because the education department only started deliveries this week.

This affected principals, school management teams (SMTs), education assistants, general assistants and non-teaching staff. Teachers are only starting on February 1, and pupils on February 15, according to amended rules published by the education department.

According to a Covid-19 progress and school readiness report, the department was expected to start distributing PPE to schools from January 25 to February 3. Each school was set to receive 2.5l of hand sanitiser per class and 50l of liquid soap. Teachers were expected to receive two face shields and a mask each, while grade R to 8 pupils were to be provided with two masks and grade 9 to 12 pupils with one mask each...

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