As the Minister of Education and Skills Development gets ready to make an announcement tomorrow (Monday) on whether or not to close down Molefi secondary school indefinitely, authorities in Kgatleng are calling for the complete closure of all schools until the situation gets back to normal.
Molefi Secondary School was closed down by the Parents and Teacher Association more than a week ago.
A meeting called to discuss possible reopening of the school was disrupted by a group of parents and striking workers on Tuesday, causing the abandonment of the meeting between school authorities and parents on Tuesday.
This is the second time that such meeting was disrupted and called off.
In a brief interview with Sunday Standard, the Regional Education Director in Kgatleng, Bontle Mojaphoko, said, “I do not know when the school will be re-opened since it was closed down more than a week ago.”
She said that last week they arranged a meeting with both educationalists and parents but unfortunately the meeting had to be called off because the meeting was disrupted.
“The school is still closed and the matter has been referred to the minister who will then make a decision,” she said.
Contacted for comment, Education minister Venson-Moitoi said, “I am aware of what is going on at Molefi, therefore, a decision on the school will be taken on Monday.”
She said the PTA took a decision to temporarily close down the school due to the unrest but the decision to close down the school completely can only be taken by the minister.
“I have already made plans to meet with paramount chief of Bakgatla Kgafela Kgafela but, unfortunately, when I called his office last week to arrange for a meeting, I was informed that he was already engaged.”
Asked what the main purpose of meeting Kgafela was, she said, “It is of paramount importance that I meet him but I am not in a position to discuss the details of our meeting until we meet.”
However, the Member of Parliament for Kgatleng East, Isaac Mabiletsa, said, “I want all schools to be closed down until the situation gets back to normal.”
He argued that there is no point for pupils to go to school while there are no teachers to teach them.