The application of the Educators’ Union of South Africa (EUSA) was heard in the urgent court today where they oppose the decision to reopen schools in South Africa.
If they succeed, the 23,000 public schools and 3,500 independent schools will have to close, which will undoubtedly do irreparable damage not only to the remaining school program, but also to the financial sustainability of many schools.
Solidarity is admitted to the proceedings and argues in favor of opening schools.
Judgment will be delivered on June 10.
It has previously been reported that Solidarity had also joined the legal battle. Solidarity said that if the application was successful, it would result in the closing of some 24 000 public schools and the 3 500 independent schools. This will ultimately do irreparable damage to learners from schools that are ready to reopen, as well as teachers and staff.
Dirk Hermann, Head of Solidarity, says closing schools is not without consequences and will cause irreparable harm to the pupil, teacher, parent and community.
“There is no reason why schools that can create a healthy learning environment for learners, and create a safe work environment for teachers and staff, should be closed,” Hermann says.
At the end of May, EUSA decided to approach the court to review, set aside or amend the Department of Basic Education’s decision to send learners back to school during the pandemic.