Organisation Threatens Closure Of Private Schools

The Congress of South African Students are threatening to close down private schools and have now resorted to protesting outside of a school. 

The Congress of South African Students (COSAS) are threatening to close down private schools in Gauteng and have now resorted to protesting outside of a private school which was open. 

Sinelizwi Qotso from COSAS said:

Our demands is that this school must be closed and we want the MEC, Panyaza Lesufi, to come here himself and tell us why this school is still open and why other schools are closed. What is important with this school? Why are there kids living in poverty, our parents and sisters are dying of Covid, but this school is opened. What is special about this school?

Private schools had their reopening delayed until 1 February while public schools are set to reopen on 15 February.

COSAS believes that all schools, both public and private, should be equal and should all open on 15 February.

 "We are here to protect our learners and our students," said COSAS.

Some schools have said that they are safe to open and that they have the protocols in place. To these schools, COSAS says that if a learner at private school is going to school, so should a learner in a public school.

The organisation disagrees that only private school learners are accepted to go to schools and then the public school learner is left behind.

COSAS is of the opinion that this could become an instance of racism, which they do not want. 

We are coming for all schools which are open. It doesn't matter if they are ready to open or not. All of them must be ready. Government must make sure all public schools are also ready. We are left behind.

Some parents arrived at the school to drop off their children but were turned back due to the protest action.

COSAS now awaits a meeting with the principal of the school and plans to go to other private schools which are open.

Solidarity has expressed their displeasure with this decision and are now demanding that this ruling on private schools be withdrawn, citing that the Minister has no right to tell private schools when to close or open.

 

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