The Congress of South African Students (Cosas) have indicated their intention to shut down private schools in all parts of the country.
Cosas say that if public schools are forced to close due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, then private schools should not be allowed to operate.
The group have vocally opposed the reopening of schools and have urged the department of basic education to make good on their frequently repeated promise that ‘no child will be left behind’.
Cosas president Douglas Ngobeni said thousands of children would be left behind if private schools were exempt from government’s closure orders.
“The Congress of South Africans Students will be shutting down private schools in all parts of the country,” Ngobeni said.
“This comes after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that only public schools would close. The virus does not care whether your father is a billionaire.”
Ngobeni has not indicated how Cosas intends to shut down private schools, though the assumption is that it would be through organised protest activity, The South African reported.
Last month Cosas shut down the Bloekombos High School in Cape Town, sending 170 matric pupils and the school cooks home, the group also disrupted classes Thandokhulu High School in Mowbray.
Cosas says government’s approach gives private schools an unfair academic advantage.
“By the way, private schools were continuing with e-learning while we were sitting at home doing nothing,” Cosas spokesperson Buntu Joseph said.
“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.”