As President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a four-week closure of public schools on Thursday night, the demands of the trade unions appeared to have triumphed over the best interests of SA’s children.

It was an uneven decision, as matrics will only have a one week break from school, while the closures curiously referred only to public schools, not private schools. But Ramaphosa’s decision came after five teacher unions lobbied basic education minister Angie Motshekga to close schools...

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