Motshekga’s reported plans to make it easier to close schools could jeopardise pupils’ rights.
The education MEC in Mpumalanga has said independent schools in the province face closure if they fail to produce a matric pass rate of at least 50%.
St Augustine College in Johannesburg will have to sell its campus and suspend undergraduate studies because of debt.
The Western Cape education department will seek leave to appeal a court ruling setting aside a decision to close 17 schools.
A decision to close 17 Western Cape schools at the end of last year has been set aside.
Protesters were left disappointed outside the Western Cape High Court when it emerged judgment was not expected in the school closures case.
DA lashes ANC for opposing closures in Western Cape while it closes schools in other provinces.
The Western Cape wants teacher union Sadtu to pay the legal costs should 17 schools in the province lose their legal battle to stay open.
Storm clouds loom over basic education's "inadequate" standards and unmet deadlines, writes Victoria John.
An interdict halting the closure of 17 schools in the Western Cape was a "loss of opportunity" for learners, provincial education minister has said.
Eighteen Western Cape schools and Sadtu have taken the provincial education department to court over school closures.
Seven of the 27 Western Cape schools that faced possible closure will stay open, the province's education department has announced.
Public protector fails to get Northern Cape town to reopen schools that have been closed for months.
Critics claim the provincial education department has not done enough to help schools in trouble.