Calls for stability in Gauteng education
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.