- Everest College of Excellence has been shut down by the Mpumalanga education department and police.
- The independent school offered classes between Grade RRR and Grade 7.
- The department has urged parents to start applying at nearby schools.
The Mpumalanga Department of Education and police have shut down an independent primary school operating illegally.
Everest College of Excellence in the Mbombela Circuit, Ehlanzeni District, was shut down by the department on Wednesday for operating without being registered.
"The operation of illegal schools is very disruptive as it affects not only the children and their parents, but ultimately affects the smooth running of the teaching and learning programme within circuits and districts.
"It is on that note that we advise parents to check the legality of any institution before they enlist or register their children," said Education MEC Bonakele Majuba.
The school's website said it offered classes between Grade RRR and Grade 7 to students from the "underprivileged settlements" around the Msholozi area, in the Mbombela municipality.
"Everest College Of College will endeavour to exceed the highest standards of education expected from a rural setting in an underprivileged population setting.
"Education is the key, and the only way a child born in an underprivileged society can transcend limits and lead a meaningful life, uplifting his siblings, his parents, and breaking the cycle of poverty, disease, unemployment and crime," said their website.
The department has urged parents to start applying at other schools in the area.
"The operation of illegal schools is not just only wrong, but also a waste of time and money for learners and their parents who are given false hope and swindled out of their hard-earned money in the process. This is a heartless criminal act that must be stopped with all the might of the law at our disposal," said acting provincial police commissioner Major-General Thulani Phahla.
The department also asked the public to be vigilant and report any schools they suspected were not registered.