Panyaza Lesufi insists all schools including private should close


Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has appealed to private Schools to follow the national department directive that schools reopen on 15 February.

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi visited the Helpmekaar Kollege in Braamfontein after reports that the institution issued letters to parents informing them that pupils are expected to return to the classroom today.

This is in contravention of the Basic Education Department’s decision to postpone the opening of schools from 27 January to 15 February.

“When we arrived there we found that they had already changed their decision purely because they have indicated to me that they received this directive from the minister very late. We are not in the business of closing schools, we are in the business of managing a virus. If people want to go online that is fine”.


Lesufi says he will urge the Basic Education Minister to gazette the two week school reopening delay.

“Any other school, whether private, independent or public that is operating in Gauteng, they are in defiance of the state and if they are in defiance of the state, we will persuade them to a certain limit, if they don’t want to be persuaded beyond that limit, unfortunately, we will have to act,” he said

Source: Taxi times