On Saturday the Department of Basic Education (DBE) announced that all teachers who have been working from home has to return to school on Monday 21 September.
Thousands of teachers with comorbidities were asked to work from home during the lockdown to reduce the risk of them contracting the virus, however, with the move to level 1 the department says there is a low risk of infection.
The DBE’s statement read, “Level 1 is defined as low level of infections together with a high level of health system readiness. Since the country has gone down to alert level 1, the risk has been brought down to low, hence the risk for these teachers have reduced considerably. The implication of the announcement by the President of moving the country to Alert Level 1 means the concessions to work from home will no longer apply from midnight on Sunday, 20 September 2020.”
“The affected people will therefore have to report for duty with effect from Monday, 21st September 2020. If, however, some individuals are still not well, they are advised to follow the normal sick leave protocols,” said the department.
The department said provincial departments should honour the contracts with substitute teachers and find other ways to use them.
It added that teachers who are still not well is advised to follow normal sick leave protocols.