In South Africa, some nine million children are estimated to be reliant on school feeding schemes.
The National Alliance of Independent School Associations point out that while public sector teachers receive salaries even if schools are shut, it’s not the same with the private sector.
The MEC said there were still disruptions to schools, particularly in Pretoria and Johannesburg and that they have roped in the relevant law enforcement agencies to assist
President Cyril Ramaphosa said the decision on whether to suspend academic activities amid the COVID-19 pandemic will be made soon.
Protesters claim school closed despite assurances it would stay open. Parents lose upfront payments and no packages for staff, they say.
Bishop Bavin School in Bedfordview closes with immediate effect due to debts exceeding R30-million. Lockdown exacerbated the problem.