The Congress of South African Students (COSAS) threatens to shut down private schools that reopen today [Monday, July 27] as public schools across the country remain closed following President Ramaphosa’s announcement last week. 

“The Congress of South African Students will be shutting down private schools in all parts of the country,” COSAS president Douglas Ngobeni said, according to The South African. “This comes after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that only public schools would close. The virus does not care whether your father is a billionaire.”

COSAS believes that private schools should not be allowed to reopen if public schools must remain shut until August. They argue that private schools reopening will give these students an unfair academic advantage.

COSAS plans to disrupt learning at private institutions across the country until government establishes a more fair response.

Earlier this month, members of the organisation forced five high schools and eight primary schools in Alexandria, Johannesburg to shut down.

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