Some Schools Were Still Open Today

Following the Department of Basic Education's announcement that schools will be opening on 15 February, some schools have chosen to ignore this and are having learners back. MEC Panyaza Lesufi has now pledged to combat this issue.

Following the Department of Basic Education's announcement that schools will be opening on 15 February, some schools have chosen to ignore this and are having learners back. MEC Panyaza Lesufi has now pledged to combat this issue.

Lesufi visited Helpmekaar College today after it was found that they sent out a newsletter to parents saying that learners should come to school. 

While addressing the media here, he said:

We sensed danger and we felt that we can't just persuade the public education system. We need to also persuade the private education system and the reasons are simple. They are in the same communities with everyone ... Their parents are going to be up and down.

He then continued to explain that it's not about the institution's ability to manage the virus but rather the movement of people.

The principal is then said to have explained the decision to open. The school was open last week and received the news of the delayed reopening late. The school then reconsidered their decision over the weekend is now set to be migrate to online learning with seven learners who live at the school who will remain there.

There are however other schools which chose to stay open. 

Curro, which is the largest independent school network in South Africa that offers a range of options for parents looking for independent schooling, agreed that they will close schools.

International school students who are coming from outside South Africa is another matter the department will be discussing.

Any other school that is operating in Gauteng are in defiance of the state and when in defiance of the state, we'll persuade them to a certain limit. If they don't want to be persuaded past that limit, unfortunately we have to act.

The Gauteng Department of Education will be writing to the Minister calling for this delay to be gazetted as soon as possible so that they are covered legally should they want to act on schools who are not obeying the rules.

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