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MANZINI – Private schools which have been operating despite an order by the Minister of Education and Training, Phineas Magagula, saying the opening of all schools had been postponed to January 27, 2015, have been ordered to close.

Most of the private schools confirmed that they got a directive from the ministry to stop operating until the announced date.
Pupils were handed letters to give their parents indicating that classes would be suspended until January 27, 2015.

Some private schools in the country had continued operating despite that the ministry had issued the order.
Initially, schools were supposed to open on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 but the opening was postponed.
The ministry further stated that the decision to postpone the reopening of schools applied to all schools in the country; be it public or private schools.

The statement read; “The general public is informed that government has decided to postpone the opening of schools from the 20th to the 27th of January 2015. The reason is that imisebenti yelive iyachubeka.”

Principal Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Education and Training Pat Muir referred all questions to the minister, who insisted that an announcement was made that all schools should remain closed until January 27, 2015.

“We made it clear that the opening of schools was postponed. The private schools which are said to be operating are doing so on Swazi soil and that means they have to abide by the order irrespective of the fact that they are private.
“That has to be done for harmony in the country, otherwise they are pushing the country into a state of lawlessness. All the private schools currently operating are ordered to close until January 27, 2015,” the minister insisted.

Comments (1 posted):

September K on 16/01/2015 14:36:53
Well done to the Minister for not allowing the private schools to continue as they see fit. The private schools have been thinking they are a law onto their own. I think government should be more involved in the private schools, parents can not complain or talk to the school, they change school times and break times as they want to and we can't do a thing about it. These school thinks they are doing us a huge favor for having our kids, but we pay ridiculously high school fees, to get the best education for the kids.

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