CONGRESS of South African Students has threatened to shut down private schools in Gauteng, citing safety concerns in the wake of rising COVID-19 infections.
Members of COSAS protested outside a private school in Roodepoort on Tuesday.
Private schools are not allowed to operate before Monday next week, while public schools are scheduled to open on 15 February.
COSAS spokesperson Douglas Ngobeni said the pandemic affects everyone, including teachers and pupils at private schools, and therefore they were not isolated and immune from danger of contracting the virus amid the second wave of coronavirus.
The education department’s Steve Mabona has encouraged schools to comply with the law.
“We find ourselves in this situation because of some of the behaviour of our colleagues in the private and independent school sector. Before the gazette was publicised, some of these schools were operating. We were receiving information from parents to say some of the schools are in operation,” Mabona told eNCA.
“We said to them, in a communique coming from the HoD, you are encouraged to delay because the infections were increasing at the time.”
(SOURCE: INSIDE EDUCATION)