Wednesday 2020-08-12




By Sicelo Maziya | 2020-08-01

The Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT) call for closing of schools, colleges and universities in wake of coronavirus cumulative numbers was yesterday postponed to next week Thursday by the Industrial Court.


 SNAT has urged government to temporarily close all schools, colleges and universities while a strategy is found to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.


The teachers union, which has incurred casualties is worried at the lack of preparedness to fight against the virus by government.


The teachers union had predicted many deaths unless the government took action.




SNAT said they were worried about the fact that no measures have been put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19, particularly in public places such as towns, cities and even schools.


Precautionary measures have not been adequately put in place and that is a serious cause for concern. SNAT General Secretary Sikelela Dlamini confirmed that the case was postponed to next week Thursday.  


“The judge needed adequate time to go through the papers before making an informed decision on the case,” shared Dlamini. 


In June Minister of Education and Training Lady Howard-Mabuza told the House of Assembly that E56 million (US$3.2 million) was needed to pay for schools reopening. That money has yet to be released by the government.

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