Claims of PPE shortage at Phoenix school, Education responds

Claims of PPE shortage at Phoenix school, Education responds

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in KwaZulu-Natal says it's shocked after learning that some schools are running out of essential COVID-19 supplies. 

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The party says it's been corresponding with one of its councillors in Phoenix who's said health and safety concerns have been raised by a school in the area. 

Phoenix Heights Primary apparently doesn't have enough protective equipment like thermometers, sanitisers, soap and disinfectants. 

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The DA's Dr Imraan Keeka said: "We can't have schools where learners have to wait in line in the morning because the equipment supplied by the department has broken down. 

"The thermometers, for example, the school had four, they are now left with two. So we expect that the MEC's office must intervene in this regard immediately."

But, Muzi Mahlambi who's with KZN Education, says schools know exactly what to do when they start running low on supplies. 

"The school has distanced itself from having written a letter to the media to say that they had a shortage because they know the protocol. 

"All our schools know that when you run short of these things, you just go to the district and fetch those things. We have enough stock until December throughout the province."

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