Olifantshoek: ‘Government should intervene’

2012-10-09 12:39

Union Naptosa has pleaded for government intervention in Olifantshoek, Northern Cape, after three schools, which have been closed for more than four months, remained closed today.

The chief executive of the National Professional Teacher’s Organisation of South Africa, Louwrens Strydom, said: “The provincial and national governments need to intervene. Making a stand to retain a political appointment and sacrificing the future of the children can never be accepted.”

Learners of the high school and two primary schools in Olifantshoek did not write the June examination and while learners in the rest of the region were sacrificing their spring break to catch up on their school work, the schools in Olifantshoek have remained closed.

More than 40 schools elsewhere in the region have reopened after an agreement with the residents had been reached. They were demanding tarred roads.

But the residents in Olifantshoek are adamant that the schools will only be reopened if the mayor, Maria Diniza, resigns. Diniza said she would only resign if asked by the ANC to do so.

An Olifantshoek resident had claimed that an agreement had been reached to reopen schools today, pending an investigation of the Public Protector.

But this did not happen.

Another resident, who did not want to be identified for fear of intimidation, said no such agreement assisted.

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