Steenhuisen slates the President’s decision to close public schools
Democratic Alliance leader, John Steenhuisen lambasts the president following his decision to close public schools for four weeks.
While Cyril Ramaphosa’s decision to temporarily close public schools, may have made the majority of South Africans, especially parents to breathe a sigh of relief it however, doesn’t seem to be the same case with DA Leader, John Steenhuisen. He stresses that this decision will have a disastrous impact on pupils future.
Steenhuisen says the President’s decision to temporarily close public schools for a month is not a wise one as it will potentially deter children in achieving good results. He says majority of pupils will drop out as a result and possibly never return to school or fall behind to an extent that it becomes impossible for them to ever catch up.
Steenhuisen further stated that, closing schools will have dire consequences for years to come and will further deepen inequality.
“This is not leadership, President Cyril Ramaphosa is behaving like a spectator president, taking instructions from whichever powerful interest group threatens him more,” said Steenhuisen.
“This decision is not supported by the best available evidence, it is not supported by the education experts, and it is definitely not supported by the virus data. The scientific evidence is that schools do not expose learners and staff to higher levels of risk than any other places,” he added.
He said evidence was that learners practise better hygiene measures and physical distancing than they do outside the school’s premises, where they may not be supervised.
Furthermore, Steenhuisen stated that President’s decisions shouldn’t be induced by a powerful group which however, does not have learners’ best interest at heart.