If this is what it takes to improve education, so be it – Parents shut down classes

2017-03-01 06:52
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Cape Town - Parents say classes will not resume at Mseki Primary School in Gugulethu until they get a clear response to their demands from the Western Cape education department.

Last week classes were disrupted at the school when parents, members of the school governing body (SGB) and some teachers protested against alleged overcrowding and non-payment of teachers.

On Tuesday morning teaching stopped when parents, teachers and pupils marched to the Gugulethu police station to try and obtain a permit to march to the department. They were told that they would have to apply for a marching permit at the Civic Centre in Cape Town and they would have to wait seven days to get a response.

By the time the protesters marched back to the school from the police station, most of the pupils had gone home.
Phunyezwa Sonqishe, a parent and SGB member, said they had made an appointment and gone to the department's offices on Monday, but had not received much help.

'No unnecessary chaos'

"We want mobile classrooms, and we want to know what will happen to the two teachers who still have not been paid, even though the department says they have [been].

"We are not going to break windows, burn down the school or cause unnecessary chaos, but we will fight for what we want. Learning will not continue until we are heard," said Sonqishe.

A parent of a Grade 5 pupil said if this is what it takes to improve education for their children, then so be it.

Spokesperson for the Western Cape education department Millicent Merton said the department was aware of the march and the protest at the school.

"We call on parents not to disrupt teaching and learning."

She said the SGB had an upcoming appointment with the department officials responsible for infrastructure.

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