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SNAT President: We won’t open schools until Cabinet takes COVID-19 seriously

Wednesday, 22nd April, 2020

MBABANE:Mbongwa Dlamini, the President of the Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT) said schools will not open until government demonstrates seriousness in the fight against the COVID-19.

Speaking to this Swaziland News, the SNAT President said they cannot risk the lives of their members by encouraging them to report for duty in the midst of the coronavirus that seems to be spreading rapidly across the country.

“There is no way we can open schools under the current situation. As we mentioned before when we shut down schools that we took that decision after witnessing the danger that comes with the coronavirus, we cannot allow our members to be exposed. Already we have members who are affected, so it’s important that we take preventive measures seriously to avoid losing our members either as a result of the employer’s negligence or ourselves. It’s important that everyone takes that responsibility to prevent the spread of the virus” said the SNAT President. 

The sentiments of the SNAT President comes at a time when the country was facing rapid rise of COVID-19 confirmed cases. On Tuesday, Health Minister Lizzie Nkosi announced seven(7) more confirmed cases of coronavirus with the numbers rising to 31 at a time when Prime Minister Ambrose Dlamini relaxed the lockdown by allowing people to move freely and companies to resume business. 

 

SNAT President: We won’t open schools until Cabinet takes COVID-19 seriously
SNAT President Mbongwa Dlamini and Secretary General Sikelela Dlamini