MBABANE: The government of Eswatini through the Ministry of Education has issued consent forms to be signed by parents and guardians of learners doing form five in the country.
Reached for comments by this Swaziland News, Mbongwa Dlamini, the President of the Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT) said government foresees genocide in schools.
“The issue of consent forms is very serious. Government has forced schools to re-open even though we have raised our concerns about the preparedness of schools. The forms are nothing but government’s way of shifting the responsibility. The act of government shows that she is aware of the possible genocide in schools. In an event a learner contracts the virus, government will hide behind these consent forms. As we speak, we have a confirmed case in one of the schools in Nhlangano. Parents should not sign these forms as that will be no different than signing your child’s death certificate, said Dlamini.
This publication has it in authority that the Principal Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Education got arrogant when he was asked by a journalist from the Times of Eswatini about the COVID-19 case in Nhlangano where a teacher tested positive.
“So you assume that the teacher contracted the virus at the school?” the PS asked. Thereafter, the PS said if that was not the assumption, why he was being called because this was a health issue, not an educational matter.
“If you are telling me that there is a child who failed or was taken out of school, that would be an educational issue,” the PS said.
Education Minister Lady Howard-Mabuza