Student union threatens to shut private schools

Student union threatens to shut private schools

The Congress of South African Students is threatening to shut down all private schools in the country from Monday.


It says there needs to be a level playing field across all spheres of learning. 

This is after the President last night said all public schools would close for four weeks to reduce the rate of COVID-19 transmission as the country approaches the peak.

Teaching and learning at private schools and other independent institutions will continue.

COSAS spokesperson Buntu Joseph says this gives private schools and unfair academic advantage. 

READ: Independent schools 'pleased' to continue teaching

"By the way, private schools were continuing with e-learning while we were sitting at home doing nothing." 

He says as the  Congress of South African Students they feel that when they go to the matric paper, already these students will have an advantage.

"When it comes to that paper and now we will be closing for four weeks, and they will be continuing with the curriculum, so we feel that there is inequality," he said. 

"So as Congress of South African Students, we are saying that we are going to shut down private schools."

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