Cosas disputes facts

2015-06-10 06:02

THE Congress of South African Students (Cosas) disputes facts in reports published in two editions of Express Goldfields andamp; NFS (on 20 and 27 May) regarding a protest march in solidarity of the people of Palestine.

Facts in dispute are the number of learners reported to have participated in the march, that primary schools also took part in the march and that the Free State Department of Education did not grant Cosas permission for participation in the march. “The number of learners who participated according to police stats is 10 000 to 13 000, as opposed to 400. The district director of education in the Lejweleputswa Region can attest to the permission for the march, while video and photos of the march will show that no primary school learners were part of the march,” says Sipho Tsunke. Subsequently, Howard Ndaba, spokesperson of the Free State Department of Education, indicated that permission had not been granted and added that as such the department has arranged with principals of all schools in the Thabong township in Welkom to have extra classes. The extra classes are meant to enable learners to catch up with the syllabus following the disruption due to the recent protest march organised by the student movement

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