Calls for stability in Gauteng education

2011-03-18 22:27

Johannesburg - Stability is needed in education in Gauteng, the provincial branches of Cosatu, Sadtu, Cosas, the ANC and SACP said in a joint press briefing on Friday.

"All the teachers are expected and required to ensure that they are at schools and teaching," said Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) provincial general secretary Dumisani Dakile.

He said the organisations agreed that teachers no longer attend court cases during school time.

"The leadership of Cosatu will provide all the necessary support to Moss Senye. The leadership will, as from now on, accompany him to court, not the teachers," he said.

Senye appeared at Meadowlands Magistrate's Court on Monday for allegedly assaulting a 17-year-old pupil last month at Meadowlands High School - where he is the principal.

Dakile said it had also been agreed that the Congress of SA Students should withdraw its statement that learners should hit back against teachers who administer corporal punishment.

Cosas provincial chairman Ntsako Mogobe on Thursday called on pupils to "hit back" if corporal punishment was used on them.

"Learners should be in court learning and according their teachers the necessary respect," said Dakile.

The organisations condemned the stabbing of a teacher by a pupil in Soweto on Thursday.

- SAPA

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