Parents of pupils at Windermere Primary School in Kensington, Cape Town, want the school to close after five teachers are believed to have tested positive for the coronavirus.
They protested at the school on Monday, demanding that the school only reopen once winter is over.
However, Western Cape Education Department spokeswoman Bronagh Hammond said there were no positive cases at Windermere Primary School. According to her, all teachers are present at the school.
Protestant parent spokeswoman Mainoe Parker said: “It is a risk for our children to go to school. The health of our children and teachers must be a priority. I have a child who is a pupil at school, just like the other parents participating in the demonstration, and the health of our children is important to us. ”
The protest started at the school at 7:30 on Monday.
Parker says they are not only demanding that Windermere close, but all schools in the Kensington area.
Parker said about 100 parents took part in the demonstration.
Parker says everyone is tired of worrying about their child being safe at school every day.
Paul McAvoy, principal of nearby Factreton Primary School, says the Kensington community is only expressing their dissatisfaction with what’s happening.
“The number of infections at schools is increasing. Not just in the schools, but across the provinces. The protest action only portrays the dissatisfaction of parents. The parents are concerned about the health of pupils. “
McAvoy says as principal he has to put the interests of pupils first, which is why he is in favor of the demonstration.
“School is important for the education of children, but to do so at the expense of their health is not right. The winter season complicates the situation. ”
McAvoy says he also prefers schools to remain closed, at least until winter is over. “I’m really concerned about the well-being of pupils. I see how they have to face the cold every morning outside in a queue while waiting to go through the screening process before they can enter the school grounds, which is not nice. ”
According to McAvoy, two Factreton teachers tested positive for the coronavirus, one of which has already been repaired and the other is recovering. Another four teachers are in isolation.