Mbabane: Prime Minister Cleopas Dlamini has announced the indefinite closure of schools with immediate effect.
Speaking on Saturday in a press conference at the cabinet offices Dlamini noted that the past week has been marred by a spate of riots and violence, placing the lives of emaSwati, in particular children of school-going age at risk. He said it was unfortunate that these events have been unfolding, and with the view of ensuring children’s safety and their right to protection, His Majesty’s Government has taken the decision to close schools indefinitely with immediate effect.
Dlamini announced that the ongoing international exams will proceed as planned. He said Security will be provided for these students wishing to sit for the examinations. Seeing some learners at the forefront of the violence in schools is disheartening, to say the least.
The premier reminded learners that boycotting classes for whatever reason is a miscalculation that has serious repercussions on their future. He encouraged students to continue doing their school work and projects while at home and to keep in contact with their teachers where possible. He also requested parents to continue giving guidance to their children while at home.