Black students suppressed, says Vavi

2011-01-21 14:36

Black students are still suppressed, Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said today.

“They give you D’s so that you do not proceed further with your studies and others unjustifiably collect A’s, but always know what this is meant to do... destroy your confidence in your own intellect,” he said.

“But what you must never allow, comrades, as you fight against these practices, is to let them instil in you a sense of self-doubt, a lack of confidence in your intellect.”

Vavi was speaking at the launch of the the SA Students’ Congress (Sasco) Right To Learn Campaign in Stellenbosch.

“I think you should not let up on the continued suppression of black students in general and African students in particular.

“This Right to Learn Campaign must escalate the issue of preferential treatment and discrimination so that those discriminated against are blocked from proceeding further with their studies,” Vavi said, adding that the biggest threat of all was the remnants of neo-liberal macroeconomic policies.

He told those in attendance that they shouldn’t be surprised to hear that all promises made to the tertiary education sector have been rolled over to the next administration.

“Therefore you should use this Right to Learn Campaign as a platform to launch your own engagement process with the government’s new growth path.”

Vavi said administrative injustices were still rampant in many institutions.

“The role of the revolutionary student movement in this conjuncture must be to serve as an ’ear on the ground’ for the ANC-led government.”

There was also a need to expand the entire tertiary education system, he said. 

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