Catch-up plan welcomed


(posted 4 years ago)

The recent education catch-up plan announced by the Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshega has been welcomed with open arms by the provincial DA.

The department’s plan will see the suspension of the school holidays for areas affected by recent protests. All 64 schools in the Olifantshoek and Kuruman area will sit for exams in December, instead of November.

Schools in the region resumed classes last week after intervention by public protector Thuli Madonsela, who managed to convince the striking community to allow their children to return to school after four months of absence.

The communities are demanding, among other things, a tarred road and the resignation of a local mayor and the entire council.

The DA’s provincial chairperson and member of provincial legislature, Harold McGluwa, said they welcomed the catch-up plan announced by Motshekga for schools affected by the recent violent service delivery protests in the John Taolo Gaetsewe district.

“The DA believes the measures announced by the minister will give pupils, who had been disadvantaged by the violence that prevented them from accessing their basic right to an education, a chance to focus on their education,” he said.

However, McGluwa called on the provincial government to implement its constitutional duty to provide for the safety and security of pupils and community members in the affected areas.

“I recently visited the John Taolo Gaetsewe district, which falls under my constituency, and concerned parents and community members indicated there was still a palpable climate of fear and intimidation,” he said.

McGluwa said he believed in the right of all residents to live in safe communities.

“I encourage all community members in the affected areas to join hands with the South African Police Service and the department of education to ensure resumed schooling in the area is not derailed, and that all pupils and residents remain safe,” said McGluwa.

Last month the MEC for safety and liaison, Patrick Mabilo, deployed an extra 32 police personnel in the John Taolo Gaetsewe area.

Since Monday the education department has been hard at work ensuring that the spring school camps are up and running in the whole province.

Matric pupils from Kuruman and Olifantshoek, who have lost four months of schooling due to the violent protests in the areas were taken to full-time study camps in Keimoes and Barkley West.

Catch-up plan welcomed

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