YCL laments poor access to education

2011-06-16 12:12

The Young Communist League of South Africa lamented poor access to educational facilities for the youth of South Africa, in their message for Youth Day today.

“This year, we have seen more and more young people turning up to universities and Further Education and Training Colleges but were turned back because there was no space for learning,” the league said in a statement.

“If we managed to build stadiums, roads, shopping malls and even inaugurated Gautrain for the Fifa 2010 World Cup, there is no reason why our public and private works cannot build better and decent universities and colleges for our young people to study in.

“Furthermore, the closure by capitalists of training institutions which in the past produced artisans who were skilled in the economy, is a further dent in the future of young people.”

Recently, the league supported workers and the youth in Lephalale, Limpopo, against Medupi power station in protests over hiring welders and other artisans from Asia.

They would continue to do so until the private sector contributed to skills development through funds and practical action, the league said at the time.

Turning to HIV/Aids, the league applauded President Jacob Zuma and Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi for their fight against HIV/Aids.

“We call on all young people to abstain, or be faithful or condomise in order to deepen our fight against Aids.

“We further call on them to ensure that they know their status in order to ensure that they change their lifestyle.”

Youth Day commemorates June 16 1976 when a group of school children marched in Soweto in protest over Afrikaans being the medium of instruction and came under fire by the police.

Hector Pieterson, a pupil who was aged 13 at the time, was shot dead. And according to the book Soweto A History by Philip Bonner and Lauren Segal, by the following morning, June 17, the official death toll was 23.

But death estimates were closer to 200 children and adults in a series of clashes.

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