Cosas suspends strike - for now

2010-09-16 16:22

Johannesburg - The Congress of SA Students (Cosas) on Thursday temporarily suspended its protest against preliminary exams.

"We are suspending the boycott of preliminary exams pending the education department's response to our demands in a meeting to be held on Saturday," Cosas deputy secretary general Sbonelo Shezi told reporters in Johannesburg.

He called on all students to return to school on Friday.

"We want the culture of learning and teaching to be restored in all our schools. We are calling on our members to return to school tomorrow (Friday) and learn, but they must not write the preliminary exams."

The students were demanding full marks worth 25% of their final exams if the department failed to meet their demands.

Their initial demands included a week's postponement of both the preliminary and final exam dates.

"Saturday classes and two hours of schoolwork should be added to every school day to recover time lost during the prolonged June holidays and the teachers' strike thereafter," it had said.

Cosas would meet the department of basic education and the SA Democratic Teachers' Union to discuss ways to avert the "crisis".