Governing body for the Australian Technical Education Commission (ATSEC) has launched an investigation into a number of engineering schools, including the Kapiri Technical School in Perth, where students are encouraged to wear masks while on campus.
The body said the school’s director, Dr David Raine, was aware of the “risk to students” and was taking steps to improve the safety of students.
Dr Raine has been contacted for comment.
In a statement, ATSEC said it had been contacted by two students who said they had been exposed to the Ebola virus and were in isolation in the school and were “very sick”.
“The safety and wellbeing of our students is paramount and we take the issue very seriously,” it said.
“This investigation is an important step to ensure that all our students are safe while on our campuses and to help protect their wellbeing and the safety and well-being of all staff and students.”
The school’s head of engineering, Dr John Eason, has been named as a witness to the investigation, and will appear in Perth Magistrates Court in March.
The ATSec investigation into the Kapiris’ case will also examine whether a third school in the city had the same risks as the Kapirs.
An ABC reporter attended a school in Western Sydney, where two students said they were wearing masks and wearing hand sanitizer when they attended the school on January 25.
Dr Eason told the ABC that the school was doing a “good job” with its students.
“There’s a risk to our staff and it’s a bit of a risk for the students,” he said.
“We’re not concerned about the risk to staff but the students themselves need to be protected.”
Dr Rane said the Kapiris’ headmaster was aware that students had been wearing masks in the building but did not intervene.
“We’ve got a school head teacher and that’s all we’ve got,” he told the broadcaster.
“It’s a pretty good safety net.”
Dr Rine said he had seen the Kapire students “pretty well” in the two days prior to the outbreak.
“I’ve seen them pretty well in that period, and I’ve got to say, I don’t know what the reaction is,” he added.
Topics:health,education,health-policy,education-facilities,education–facilities-and-libraries,education—australiaFirst posted January 28, 2019 19:03:14Contact Karen Leung