The Union of Professional Educators – Voice of The Workers, has been receiving reports from its members that the first day of school has been characterised by panic due to the state of unpreparedness in which state schools are found.
Reports have comprised complaints of alleged dirty classrooms and chaotic setups. Staffrooms are crammed with desks going completely against the social distancing protocols. In one particular case, a room, that is supposed to host a maximum of 6 adults with social distancing in mind, has been reported to be hosting 30 educators. Teachers have been given new time tables again, thus rendering all the planning they have done to date redundant. Furthermore, several reports were received from LSEs claiming that while seating arrangements were made to cater for students and the teachers, no such arrangement was contemplated for LSEs. Internet connections have also been reported as being extremely unstable and educators have not been in a position to connect to platforms to continue with their work. All of this was reported within just the first few hours of school.
The UPE is keeping a watchful eye on the current situation and is calling on the Minister to get things sorted out as soon as possible so as to ensure a safe and adequate working environment for our members.
The Union is calling upon its members to report any unsafe conditions going against the protocols, and to support their reports with photographic evidence, so that the Union can flag such issues with the Ministry. Anonymity will be guaranteed for anyone submitting any reports. Reports are to be submitted to the union via email at email@example.com