Hlokomelo Mabogale |
The Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi, accompanied by law enforcement shut down Wisdom English Private School in Ivory Park and the True Grace Christian School in Ebony Park for operating illegally.
Lesufi said both schools are not registered with the Gauteng Education Department.
MEC Lesufi said Wisdom English Private was operating on four (4) different locations in Ivory Park. Some educators failed to produce legal identification documents.
“Other educators are not even registered with South African Council of Educators (SACE) which is a requirement for an educator to teach learners in all the schools”. Unregistered educators and principals from both schools were taken to the local police station for questioning.
Lesufi said it is sad and disappointing to indicate that, True Grace Christian School was amongst schools which were shut down in 2019. “They unfortunately mushroomed at a new location which was allegedly built two weeks ago.”
As learners were already attending, the provincial department have started with a desktop process to source placement for all affected learners in the event these schools are closed. Necessary engagements will be facilitated with all affected parents.
Lesufi gave officials about 48 hours to provide him with necessary information to make an informed decision on a way forward.