The National Alliance of Independent Schools Associations (NAISA) has clarified that the majority private schools will continue with the 2020 academic programme despite government’s decision to shut public schools for a month.
The children had to catch abreast of school work that was lost during the long break, during level five lockdown in March and April, said by the independent body.
Over the weekend, the group met with Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga. it had been agreed that non-public schools could use their own discretion when it came to staying open.
Ebrahim Ansur, the association’s secretary-general said that there was no time to waste.
“In most cases, every independent school has the discretion to act independently, so it takes decisions supported its own unique circumstances because no independent school is strictly identical in terms of context, population it serves, the situation during which it's . there's no blanket decision that covers all independent schools. Every independent school stakes a choice on its own unique circumstances.”
Meanwhile, the essential Department of Education has defended its decision to shut public schools for a month while COVID19 infections rose.
Mathanzima Mweli, the department’s Director-General said that children must use the time to urge psychological support because they’re affected by emotional stress.
“Those who need psychological support are provided for and there’ll be continued support for all learners, including grade 12 learners.”