Gauteng gets matric exams interdict

2010-09-19 22:04

Johannesburg - The Labour Court in Johannesburg on Sunday ruled that any disruption of the matric preliminary exams was prohibited in Gauteng, the provincial education department said.

It further prevented teachers from protesting without giving a seven-day notice, spokesperson Charles Phahlane said.

The department sought an urgent interdict because it felt the preliminary examination was being threatened.

Phlalane said the withdrawal of educator participation in the matric recovery programme and informal threats of school disruptions were some of the reasons behind their legal bid.

The department wanted to protect preliminary exam centres, matric recovery sites, and prevent mass meetings during school time. Last week, some Gauteng schools were disrupted when pupils protested against writing the exams.

One pupil was arrested for throwing water into an exam centre. He was released after being ordered to clean up his mess.

Sixty-four other pupils were arrested in violent protests in the Free State and the North West.