Education dept issues warning to those threatening to shut down schools

Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga.
Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga.
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  • The basic education department warned individuals and groups not to disrupt schools as Grade 7s returned to class.
  • SGB members disrupted 38 schools in Daveyton/Etwatwa, 37 schools in Tsakane, and eight schools in KwaThema.
  • People who ignore the warning can be charged with violating the South African Schools' Act.

The Department of Basic Education issued a warning to individuals and groups who were threatening to disrupt schools, as Grade 7s returned to class on Tuesday.

Grade 7s returned following a four-week break announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa to help curb Covid-19 infections.

"The department has become aware of the attempts made by some members of the School Governing Bodies (SGBs) around the country to close schools and disrupt learning," the department said in a statement.

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According to the department, in Gauteng, SGB members disrupted 38 schools in Daveyton/Etwatwa, 37 schools in Tsakane, and eight schools in KwaThema on Thursday.

"The department would like to remind members of the SGBs that the closing of schools remains a legal function reserved for the provincial head of department and, when the members of the SGB act outside the legal dictates of their role and function, they risk the immediate disbandment of the entire SGB".

Individuals found disrupting schools would be reported to the authorities and the department could charge them with violating the South African Schools' Act (Act no. 84 of 1996)

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