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education90BL Premium reports that the government has still not gazetted the regulations relating to the closure of public schools, creating a loophole for those institutions to remain open.  

President Cyril Ramaphosa, who had been under intense pressure from teacher unions to shut schools, announced last week that all public schools would be closed from 27 July to 24 August, with the exception of matric and grade 7 pupils.  The move means that the academic year will be pushed beyond the end of 2020.  The delay in publication of the closure regulations has caused uncertainty and stalled a legal challenge to Ramaphosa’s decision.  Department of Basic Education (DBE) spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga said they were in the process of compiling the regulations, which was a “complex and detailed” matter.  DA leader John Steenhuisen said the party remained on standby to launch its court application against the decision to close public schools once the regulations had been published.  Five teacher unions reportedly met DBE director-general Mathanzima Mweli on Monday night to find out when Minister Angie Motshekga would reveal details about the management of the rest of the academic year, but they refused to talk about the outcome of that meeting.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Genevieve Quintal at BusinessLive (paywall access only)

Read too, Cosas threatens to shut private schools, DBE says have a right to stay open, at The Mercury

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