7 November 2017

South Africa: Prioritise Learner Safety During Taxi Strike

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has urged parents to take precaution and prioritise their children's safety tomorrow as there is a planned national taxi strike.

The strike comes at a time when learners are writing final examinations. The department said learners should not be disadvantaged by an activity that is beyond their control.

"All chief invigilators will assist and afford all Grade 12 learners, who might arrive late, an opportunity to write their final exams accordingly.

"The department will invoke the necessary prescripts for all those learners who might not make it to the exam. Chief invigilators will also use their discretion to accommodate learners to write at alternative centres," said the department.

The department has communicated to all school principals to give learners in other grades, who might not make it to school on Wednesday, another opportunity to write any assessment that might be missed.

Parents are called to make necessary alternative transport arrangements, especially for Grade 12 learners.

MEC Lesufi said it is concerning and unfortunate that such activities continue to be organised during this critical period of examinations in the education environment.

"Such activities subvert the country. All our Grade 12 learners should be preoccupied by preparations and excelling in their work than any other activity that is derailing their efforts and focus thereof."

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