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COVID-19 crisis: SNAT to take government to court over opening of schools

Saturday, 4th July, 2020

MBABANE:The Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT) will take the government of Eswatini to court if it continues with its decision to re-open schools on Monday 6thJuly 2020. 

This comes after the SNAT has inspected schools for the past two weeks to assess the preparedness of schools to re-open. Speaking to this publication, Mbongwa Dlamini, the President of SNAT said schools are not ready to re-open and his organisation has resolved to take government to court.

“Schools are not ready for re-opening. We have been working closely with government conducting workshops to equip our members on COVID-19. It is very important to understand that meeting with government is not enough to re-open schools, but, the preparedness of schools will determine the re-opening of the schools in the land. As the SNAT we have visited several schools and we can safely say that schools are far from being ready. Many schools do not even have water. The lives of our members and learners are very important. We find it proper to remind government that dead bodies cannot part-take in the teaching and learning process” Dlamini said.

“If government continues with her melodramatic behaviour of re-opening schools, as the SNAT we will be left with no option, but to approach the courts of the land in defence of the fundamental right to life of not only our members, but also lives of those learners that we teach, reads part of the statement issued by SNAT.

Bheki Mamba, the President of the Swaziland Democratic Nurses Union(SWADNU) had earlier warned that the opening of schools will intensify the spread of the virus as government was not willing to provide Personal Protective Clothing and adopt other preventive measures, however the Minister of Education Lady-Howard Mabuza maintained schools will open.

COVID-19 crisis: SNAT to take government to court over opening of schools
High Court of Eswatini building