Private and independent schools in South Africa are well within their rights to resume their academic year, even while public schools have pushed back their reopening by two weeks because of the Covid-19 pandemic, The country’s Deputy Minister of Education, Reginah Mhaule, told parliament on Wednesday. Times Live reports that, addressing MPs’ concerns, she said that protesting against this did not help anyone, because the department’s policies — as well as the country’s constitution — allowed private schools to operate independently from public schools. Mhaule further explained that the department had done relatively well in managing the effect of the pandemic on education and as such she disagreed with those proposing that schools remain closed until Covid-19 is no more.