South Africa: Department of Education in the North West Closes Russ Primary School

The Congress of South African Trade Unions in the North West Province has learned with disappointment about the closure of Russ primary school in the Madibeng area by the department of education in the province.

What is disappointing is that parent and learners were never informed about this closure, only to find the gates lock on the day they came to reopen for the new year on the 9th January 2013.

Today the children who are supposed to be at this school have not been attending classes due to the closure of the school.

As the federation we condemn the merging of schools without a plan for the learners to continue with their future. This plan of closing farm schools and rural schools is a sign of disrespecting the poor working class and their families.

We call on the premier of the NW to intervene politically and visit the school in Madibeng without any announcement. This call is due to some old white schools forcing learners to do Afrikaans and other are still not responding to call of our democratic government to allow learners choose their subject.

We are also informed that they are schools where in the grade 12 learners have not received books.

COSATU calls on the department of education to reopen the school immediately so that learners can resume with their studies. If this is not happening we will be left with no option but to take up the matter to street and legally as workers, as parents.

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