League does good work

2016-01-20 06:00
DURING the handover are from the left, front: Brian Brandt, Tshepo Khuduga, Mamello Likalele, Prince Dlamini and Pulane Nero; back: Kenneth Balepile (deputy principal), Lebogang Mooketsi (YCL organiser), Keneilwe Sethibang (treasurer), Jek Noge (teacher) and Modise Letselebe (YCL secretary).  Photo: Supplied

DURING the handover are from the left, front: Brian Brandt, Tshepo Khuduga, Mamello Likalele, Prince Dlamini and Pulane Nero; back: Kenneth Balepile (deputy principal), Lebogang Mooketsi (YCL organiser), Keneilwe Sethibang (treasurer), Jek Noge (teacher) and Modise Letselebe (YCL secretary). Photo: Supplied

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THE Parks Leburu District of the Young Communist League (YCL) took on challenges in the education fraternity that continued to display poverty and inequality among the poor and the working class families, year in and year out, particularly in the Frances Baard District.

Modise Letselebe said in a statement that the league had visited schools and Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges in the Frances Baard District that seemed to be neglected and under-performing institutions.

The league placed special focus on and support for the Dinaledi schools.

The learners of the Montshiwa Primary School in Galeshewe received school uniforms, health packs and sanitary towels from the league.

“We will continue to ensure that doors of learning are open. We will fight against the commo-dification of education, the easy awarding of liquor licences by the Liquor Board, learners having easy access to alcohol and keep them away from substance abuse.

“We will also fight absenteeism and high learner drop-out, particularly from learners from previously disadvantaged backgrounds, due to economic or material needs, such as school shoes, health packs and hygienic material,” Letselebe stated.

The league welcomed the decision by the minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, to expand and build more TVET colleges in the country.

The league calls on Nzimande to investigate and babysit the snail’s pace of development and the lack of progress.

This concern particularly regards the project of the Northern Cape TVET College between the St Boniface High School and the West End Cemetery, due to the continued challenges faced with student accommodation and infrastructure development.

The league also calls for more efforts in improving the schools’ infrastructure in the poor communities, ensuring the availability of fully-functioning libraries, computer laboratories with internet access to increase research capacity, enough teachers, improved learner nutrition, well-resourced and functioning laboratories, adequate learner transport, etc.

“This will go a long way in ensuring that every child, regardless of class or race, has an equivalent and non-discriminatory prospect to success.

The campaign further promises to enforce its fight against the lack of sufficient support to previously-disadvantage schools.

The league also wants to fight against prevalent drug and alcohol abuse. It includes the campaign to close liquor outlets that are located next to schools.

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