COSAS shuts down all schools in Alexandra

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Congress of South African Students (COSAS) has shut down five high schools and eight primary schools in Alexandra Township. This is to prevent the learners from being exposed to Covid-19.

Alexandra’s COSAS leader, Mpumelelo Maringa said this decision was as a result of the increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases in the area.

“There are several schools that have confirmed cases. We can’t risk learners’ lives by sending them to school. As COSAS we are declaring a total shutdown of all schools including primary schools.”

“We advise all learners to stay away from schools and parents not to send their children to schools starting from Monday until further notice,” said Maringa.

COSAS claimed its actions were endorsed by all parents, teachers’ unions and the Gauteng Education Department. But Gauteng Department of Education spokesperson Steve Mabona denied this, labelling the action as “pure criminality that should be discouraged”.

Currently, most schools in Alexandra are closed and most parents are in support of COSAS’s decision.

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