18 January 2013

South Africa: Cosatu North West Marches to the Department of Education On School Closures

The Congress of South African Trade Unions in the North West Province will march to the department of Education to demanding that Rass Primary school should be reopened with immediate effect.

This is after the department has unilaterally closed the school and wanted to move the children in a nearby school without consulting the parents, learners and the teachers.

We are content that this is tantamount to poor consultation by our government in making communities to fight our democracy and also enhance active citizenry.

The merging of farm and rural schools has delayed the learning of our poor children in particular in the farms and this is one of the critical matter that has made the workers and parents to fight against the former MEC of education and let his arrest with his officials.

COSATU NW demands that the school must be opened with immediate effect and teachers must be send to the school to teach children.

The current arrangement with parents of learners must continue temporarily in the other schools until the Head of government in the NW intervene politically.

COSATU NW will be opposing the option of children travelling from one area to another given the previous problem we experienced with the learner’s transport in other areas such as Ottosdal, Zeerust etc

The march will be on the 21 January 2013 at 08H00 starting from Rass primary, to the office of the Department of Education in Brits.

Media is invited to see how poor farm learners are exploited by our democracy.

Issued by COSATU North West

Norman Mampane (Communications Officer)

Congress of South African Trade Unions

110 Jorissen Cnr Simmonds Street

Braamfontein

2017

Tel: +27 11 339-4911 or Direct 010 219-1342

Mobile: +27 72 416 3790

E-Mail: mampane@cosatu.org.za

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