The union said August, which is expected to be the peak for Covid-19 infections, would be too risky for schools to be reopened.
Sadtu’s secretariat officer Xolani Fakude said various teachers’ unions had requested to meet Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga to raise a number of concerns about Ramaphosa’s announcement.
“We have been advised consistently by experts that we are likely to reach the peak somewhere between the end of August and the middle of September. What if at that time we have not surpassed the peak?” said Fakude.
Ramaphosa on Thursday announced the immediate closure of public schools for four weeks, with the exception of Grades 7 and 12 who would reopen on August 3 and August 10 respectively.
This came after teachers’ unions jointly pressured the government to close schools in fear that teachers and pupils might be infected in the winter season.
Fakude said they are awaiting Motshekga’s reply for a new meeting.
Basic Education spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga said: “The Minister meets teacher unions on a regular basis.”
Naptosa said it was unhappy that Grade 12 and Grade 7 learners would return to schools earlier.
“Is the government saying that these learners and their teachers are more immune to the virus during the expected peak than those in other grades?” said Naptosa executive director Basil Manuel.
They also want clarity on the extension of the academic year.