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MANZINI – Despite a call by their association, teachers were at their workplaces yesterday.

On Friday, the Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT), had called a press conference demanding that teachers should not set foot at schools as they would be exposing themselves to contracting the coronavirus.
In spite of this, the teachers were at their workplaces where some were cleaning the schools while others were engaged in meetings to strategise on the reopening of schools.

This reporter visited a number of schools and one of them was Ngwane Park High School. At the school, the head teacher, Buyile Shongwe,  said they had arranged that teachers would arrive at 10am.
After their arrival, the teachers were informed what the school had done in anticipation of the reopening.

This included the placing of wash basins near the entrance of the school and at various buildings.
Also, the school had also installed taps that would be controlled by foot so that pupils and teachers alike do not touch them.
Shongwe said after the Ministry of Education and Training informed them about plans to reopen schools, they set up a task team to prepare for everything.


She said classes had been demarcated in such a way that pupils would observe social distancing as promoted by the Ministry of education and Training and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Shongwe said: “We set the timetable and everything else way before this week and we are ready to start lessons.”
She further said the school had already procured sanitisers and anything else that would be needed.

Also, this publication visited St Theresa’s High School where teachers were present.
The head teacher of the school, Albert Sihlonganyane, said the teachers were in departmental meetings where they would set their timetables and  raise what needs to be done in preparation.

“The teachers are eager to work but like all human beings, they are scared of contracting the virus,” he said.
Meanwhile, teachers from other schools relayed that they were cleaning their classrooms in preparation for next week.
They said they would be demarcating where pupils would sit as well.

To this, SNAT Secretary General Sikelela Dlamini said they were aware of this and had learnt that teachers were engaging in workshops this week.
He said they would observe what would be happening in schools as the week progressed.

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