Redefine the word 'parent', says ANC Women's League

2015-10-11 08:04
Moego Matuba (Genevieve Quintal, News24)

Moego Matuba (Genevieve Quintal, News24)

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Johannesburg – Further to calling for the reviewing and the regulation of private schools, the ANC Women’s League says the definition of a parent should be changed.

Speaking to News24 on the sidelines of the ANC National General Council in Midrand, secretary-general Moego Matuba, who has a child in a private school, said: “It is not about what my child learns, it is about having a syllabus that empowers everyone.

“The issue of not regulating is a problem because there are so many private schools mushrooming up everywhere.

“We want the government to regulate them because it is not about money, whatever they teach should be in line with the Department of Education,” she said.

“In addition to what we called for on Friday, we are calling for the review of the South African Schools Act and the characterisation of parents should reflect the current structure of society.”

Empower grannies

Matuba said the definition of "a parent" needs to change.

“We want to empower that particular legislation so that we can empower the grannies to be parents as well.

“We feel that majority of young kids when they go to school they are being raised by their grandparents or extended family members.

“We are saying the definition of parent, needs to be looked into because if a mother has passed on and a grandmother is looking after the grandchildren, the grandmother needs to be recognised as a parent or whoever is raising those children.

“We also need a learner assistance programme and social workers in schools to administer this programme."

The league wants a social worker to be present in every school.

“The children need someone to talk to. And if this is done properly, we can reduce drug and substance abuse, alcohol and violence in schools.

“We were shocked to hear of instances of 7-years-olds being raped in schools and that is why we want these social services to be added in schools.”

Other policies

ANCWL on organisational renewal: “Office bearer’s structure, although they are not constitutional structures, must reflect the principal of more than 50% gender equality.

On economic transformation: “Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) should be the supreme over the subsection clauses which talk about 80/20 and 90/20 preferential points. We need a 30% representation of women in procurement policies.”

On health: “There should be formal training for home-based caregivers… There should be halfway houses for pregnant women, particularly, in rural areas where ambulances are difficult to access.”

On land reform: “Agricultural and food security land utilisation must be encouraged and incentives that encourage commercial farmers and small scale farming.”

On social transformation: “The 50% on social grant support must be ring-fenced into transferable food vouchers and encourage nutrition for children.”

On employment equity: “The employment equity stats reflect that 20% of women are in strategic positions. We want this to change, and the private sector must also play a role here.”

On justice: "The women’s league feels that there needs to be a review of the parole boards and family courts must be revived and… the judiciary needs to be reviewed and harsher sentences need to be imposed on perpetrators of violence against women and children.”

Leadership and party political positions: “The provincial legislature must have gender standing committees and there should be uniformity of councillors in terms of remunerations.”

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