UPE to instruct members to not attend Skolasajf if govt fails to present protocols

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The Union of Professional Educators – Voice of the Workers said that it does not tolerate the lack of communication by the Ministry of Education with regards to the opening of Skolasajf.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the UPE said that the Ministry made no contact with the union to inform it of any protocols intending to keep schools COVID-free. The UPE stated that the nature of Skolasajf is not conducive to the maintenance of the regulations on social distancing, yet no clarification has been put forward as to how this obstacle should be overcome.

The union raised its concerns on how those expected to work within the structures have not been informed of any new expectations, regulations or measures and nothing has been announced regarding the provision and use of protective gear and facilities, nor has any light been shed on class sizes or additional procedures and measures that will need to be in place

“We will not sit and watch waiting to see if the Ministry is going to treat our educators and children like Guinea pigs in a petri dish scenario which might lead to an increase in infection rate” – said the union

The UPE said that it expects the Ministry for Education to initiate communication immediately to inform the union of the protocols which will be in place on the opening day of Skolasajf.

If these protocols are not presented, or if they are not satisfactory, the union will instruct its members to not attend Skolasajf, and resign from their posts, so as to safeguard their own wellbeing as well as that of their families at home, stated UPE.

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