Ocean View educators, learners, and residents held a peaceful protest on Tuesday to raise awareness about teachers and children in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Standing at the entrance of the suburb, Marine Primary School, Kleinberg Primary School, and Ocean View High School are calling on the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) to refrain from sending the other grades to schools. Grade 7 and matriculants returned to school on 1 June 2020 after being at home for about 2 months due to the coronavirus.

These fore mentioned schools say there is an estimate of 30 to 50 students per class and are wanting to half these numbers, as well as having one main teacher with a teacher’s aid.

Out of the close to 1 500 schools in the Western Cape, WCED said less than 0.1% of learners in grade 7 & 12 as well as Schools of Skills year 4 have tested positive for the coronavirus. Staff members at schools who tested positive for COVID-19 account for 1.5%

A resident of Ocean View, Jasmine Mazwi, says teachers are being overworked with the current school COVID-19 protocols in place.

‘’The current state that we are facing, mental health is just as important as health itself. This will burn out many teachers and have students traumatised due to fears of their lives.’’

The message from these schools: ‘’Close schools and save lives!’’


Done By: Mitchum George


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