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Education dept ‘disturbed’ by dancing video

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The video, which has been placed on Twitter and tags President Cyril Ramaphosa, as well as the Educators Union of South Africa, Gauteng MEC for Education and Youth Development Panyaza Lesufi and EFF commissar and Member of Parliament Mbuyiseni Ndlozi

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THE NORTHERN Cape Department of Education has indicated that it will conduct an investigation and, if necessary, take disciplinary action after a video reportedly showing pupils at a local school pulling off their masks and dancing in a classroom was uploaded to social media.

Department spokesperson Lehuma Ntuane said yesterday that the department was “disturbed and concerned” by the video, said to involve pupils at a high school in the Frances Baard District.

The video, which has been placed on Twitter and tags President Cyril Ramaphosa, as well as the Educators Union of South Africa, Gauteng MEC for Education and Youth Development Panyaza Lesufi and EFF commissar and Member of Parliament Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, shows a group of pupils sitting with their heads on their desks, wearing their masks. At one point, they all get up and remove their masks, swinging and waving them in the air, and dancing, with no indication of social distancing.

Ntuane stated yesterday that the department’s “process will involve investigation and disciplinary action against the pupils involved”.

He said that the video flies in the face of attempts by the department to ensure social distancing and provide personal protective equipment to all pupils to ensure their safety at schools during the Covid-19 pandemic.

By Wednesday this week, there were 44 educators and 35 pupils in the Northern Cape who had tested positive for Covid-19 in local schools.

A total of 59 schools in the Province have also been closed since the first cohort of pupils returned to school.