16 000+ unable to attend school

2012-08-27 11:35

Johannesburg - A total of 16 000 pupils have been unable to attend schools in the Northern Cape since June because of violent protests, the Times reported on Monday.

Protests over the lack of tarred roads in the Johan Taolo Gaetsewe District Municipality, in which Kuruman is situated, have seen residents forcing teachers to close over 35 schools to pupils from Grade R to Grade 12 since June 6.

Provincial education spokesperson, Sydney Stander, told the newspaper the department was aware of the situation for three months.

"All the issues raised have been non-education issues. The protesters chose schools because they are soft targets, intimidating teachers and pupils."

Stander said schools in Glenred, Dithakong, Bothithong, Loopeng and Laxey had been closed.

Matric pupils relocated - provincial education

He said intervention was difficult because of the high level of intimidation with entrances to villages being blocked.

"The department had managed to relocate all matric learners. For a month now they have been receiving tuition at Deo Gloria in Barkly West."

He said these pupils were being assisted by, among others, subject teachers and learning area managers.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga was involved behind the scenes but had not yet visited the area, spokesperson Panyaza Lesufi said.

He said Motshekga would visit the area soon.

In January Motshekga singled out John Taolo Gaetsewe as one of the worst performing districts in the Northern Cape.

The district is one of the poorest in the province with more than 180 no-fee schools.

  • grant.hide - 2012-08-27 11:53

    Exactly what we need, more uneducated morons.

      michael.vanrheenen.9 - 2012-08-27 12:09

      This is not right hey... Why should kids be forced to stay at home when adults strike!!! These barbarians should be stoned to death FFS!

      ann.murray.9279 - 2012-08-27 12:18

      And it has taken 3 months for this scenario to be mentioned in the news ~ are these people now bored with staying at home? Or perhaps the 3 months will be a great excuse if the exams do not go well ... Just like the book saga in Limpopo, people went without books for 7 months before it suddenly became a 'crisis'. Africa timelines are a total mystery to me ...

      nadia.deklerk.7 - 2012-08-27 12:24

      I resent your insult. Fine, call the parents morons if you want. But dont call children who have squat to do with the crap of our country currently, morons. Moron.

      sandra.j.rennie - 2012-08-27 12:26

      It seems we're gonna have a whole lot more LOST generations than ever before !

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-08-27 13:13

      Another 16,000 potential ANC supporters, no education = ANC supporter.

      bernpm - 2012-08-27 13:40

      "He said Motshekga would visit the area soon. In January (!!!!) Motshekga singled out John Taolo Gaetsewe as one of the worst performing districts in the Northern Cape." That is 8 months ago!!!! But...when Angie arrives, "alles sal reg kom" :-)

  • andre.burrows.92 - 2012-08-27 12:13

    Keep struggling comrades! Viva cANCer Viva!!

  • SharonE - 2012-08-27 12:16

    Don't these people realise that the damage they are doing is irreversible? Could they really be THAT stupid that they don't understand that a good education for their children is more valuable than anything they could possibly be protesting for? It is a sacrilege!

  • anthonycharles.williams - 2012-08-27 12:17

    anc province, that explains everything and yet they still vote for them, how doff can you get. You cannot feel sorry for them.

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-08-27 12:25

    And the Minister of no-education has no clue what so ever. And they will vote ANC again and again. Oh well, that's how they want to live...

  • burningdogz - 2012-08-27 12:33

    So, where's Warren now, please give me your comment on this situation where the opportunities given to the poor people are destroyed, by poor people. This is a design of failure. You are striking against yourself when denying your own people further education and chances to advance themselves. What is your point? To have the next generation moan about not being given opportunities? Perhaps, perhaps, the goverment can turn the tide on the situation by placing decent leaders in the area with proper and significant channels of communication so the people can voice themselves properly and so that they can be guided to proper forms protests. This is a direct byproduct of a leadership void in all levels, but specifically on ground level. Then again, why should we intervene? As the sand runs through the hourglass the enemies of the past will be buried and they will be staring at the people that truly failed them. Sadly, I believe this will only happen a few decades too late. You can't listen if you don't open your ears, you can't see if you choose to look away. In 10 years or so when these pupils are sitting on the streets, unable to get decent jobs, sinking in poverty, remember what hand burned your book. I truly hope there is a geniune leader who can stand up and lead them to direct their energy and time in more positive manners.

  • lsfreak - 2012-08-27 12:38

    Let me see if I've got all this.... The education(or lack of) department knew about this for three months and has done little, yet they still get paid. Hmmm how can I get into one of these Dept :/

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-08-27 12:43

    Stupid and/or lazy people cannot be expected to make intelligent decisions that call for effort. The problem here is leadership values..... Depending on your worldview, either a lack of values or an effective return to traditional values!

  • stefan.kruger.1297 - 2012-08-27 12:49

    Lack of education leads to stupid people that leads to stupid people growing old and try to take our jobs... exactly what has been happening from the beginning... here we are sitting with a president that doesn't have High-school on his name, no degree, nothing... so why did we choose the guy with NO education experience to run a country??? because 99% of the un-educated people voted for him.... So to all my black racist friends... I ask you now... was your vote for the ANC worth it??? look at this country, look at the state, look at our kids, education, crime.... then tell me... was it worth it??? I specifically know that 90% of the people that voted for the ANC from the beginning is still living in shacks... and every year they fall for the same stupid advice... hence... lack of education...

  • dane.jenkinson - 2012-08-27 12:52

    Great! Another generation of uneducated kids. :( More people to live off goverment grants, not contributing to the economy.

  • brett.bruce.121 - 2012-08-27 13:00

    More consumers for us producers to be burdened with.....

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