Cosas to protest Western Cape school closures

2012-08-13 10:41

Cape Town - Cosas intends protesting this week against the possible closures of 27 Western Cape schools, according to a report on Monday.

Congress of SA Students provincial secretary Samkelo Mqomboti said the level of unhappiness among pupils was high, the Cape Argus reported.

Cosas would mobilise pupils affected by the closures to take part in "peaceful protests or acts of civil disobedience" should their schools be shut, its national and provincial offices said in a joint statement.

Mqomboti said the provincial education department should fix the problems at the schools instead of closing them.

"We already have overcrowding at schools. They must fix the problems on a school-by-school basis, not come with closures as a blanket solution."

Education MEC Donald Grant's spokesperson Bronagh Casey told the newspaper that the power of provincial ministers to close schools was included in national legislation and guidelines, and had been passed by the African National Congress.

She said the ANC and Cosas's opposition to the closures was mindless and misleading.

  • mofstok - 2012-08-13 10:54

    You mean acts of uncivil disobedience surely? Like rioting, blocking of freeways, hurling rocks and molotov cocktails at innocent passing motorits that have nothing to do with your grievances? And then whining and crying when the coppers shoot at you with live ammunition to protect the rest of society from your barbaric acts of criminality? Sounds about right.

      john.fourie.18 - 2012-08-13 11:06

      The only type of "education" COSSAS can provide, unfortunately.

      kala.bafazi - 2012-08-13 11:07

      The term "peaceful protest" is defined by the anc or the ancyl as " a protest when the participants are LEFT IN PEACE by members of the SAPS, to burn, stone, loot and cause chaos.

      rupesh.hari.7 - 2012-08-13 11:15

      What about protesting against school closures in KZN. Surely ANCYL must have heard the phrase, what is good for the goose good for the gander. Oh wait, I forgot, they didn't get an education to know that. If they destroy property or hurt people, I hope the cops shoot them and arrest the big guns organising these protests. They need to learn one thing or two about civil disobedience from Gandi.

      john.fourie.18 - 2012-08-13 11:36

      Rupesh. The recent court ruling that holds organizations liable for damage caused by their members should assist in preventing that. Either that, or a lot of political organizations are going to be bankrupt pretty soon.

      johana.salivan - 2012-08-13 12:59

      I don't think so. In all their wisdom they will burn down these schools.

  • Hermann - 2012-08-13 10:55

    COSAS - if they are educated in any manner they would go see the rational behind the closures. The reasons make absolute sense. By the way it is not final yet, but typical jump the gun as it is the DA trying to improve matters. No reaction from COSAS quarters on all the schools closed by the ANC since they came to power. This protest is not about schools and education, it is political. Go count how namy Afrikaans medium school have been closed of changed to dual medium since 1994, then we can talk business COSAS.

      rupesh.hari.7 - 2012-08-13 11:15

      KZN just closed a number of schools and no protests. It is all politics and wasting these students' time.

  • lownabester - 2012-08-13 11:00

    Idiots, just get the hell out of our Province, we are doing just fine.

  • templar.known - 2012-08-13 11:05

    Yes, they are closing 27 mostly rural schools with extremely low pupil numbers. But then the DA has built, or is in the process of completing 81 brand new schools in the province. A net gain of 54 additional schools in the province. Since 2000 the ANC has closed down 2 388 schools, 49 of them in the Western Cape before the DA took the province. During the period 2006 to 2010, the ANC have closed over 1000 schools country wide. Samkelo Mqomboti – EPIC FAIL MORON! (Statistics available from the national Department of Race Relations.)

      mofstok - 2012-08-13 11:31

      95% of statistics are made up ;P But seriously, what you post is the truth.

  • lydonmcg - 2012-08-13 11:06

    I love how they ignore the number of schools that will be OPENING in the province. If this lot is any representation of the level of education that the average child is receiving in this day and age then no wonder we're in such a mess. All I can say is that if one of them commits an uncivil act of disobedience near me they'd better be prepared for a good klap in return.

      mofstok - 2012-08-13 11:08

      This is not about schools: it is about cheap politics and mass action of the proletariat who cannot think for themselves, and are thus lead into the fray by their scumbag "leaders".

      susanna.smit.7 - 2012-08-13 12:02

      I WANNA BE EDUCATED UNDER DA TREE!!! DON"T CLOSE MY SCHOOL, or I will lose my COOL! I love the broken glass in the windows, the leaking roof during winter, the wall at the back that makes a perfect latrine, since the real ones are blocked. It is much more sociable this way.....

  • nicolelovelock - 2012-08-13 11:12

    "Education MEC Donald Grant's spokesperson Bronagh Casey told the newspaper that the power of provincial ministers to close schools was included in national legislation and guidelines, and had been passed by the African National Congress. She said the ANC and Cosas's opposition to the closures was mindless and misleading." ummmm protesting because of something you decided on ....redundant much

  • jacques.smit - 2012-08-13 11:13

    Let COSAS pay the bills to keep those schools open.. then they will quickly sing a different song..

  • Billy - 2012-08-13 11:21

    and they are opening 81 new schools. or do you conveniently forget that in your little tantrum, er, i mean protest

  • waiszee.sing - 2012-08-13 11:26

    WTF... they should be at school learning, not protesting. How come no one ever mentions the NEW SCHOOLS BUILT or the SCHOOLS THAT WERE REVAMPED to accomodate new learners?

  • trevor.pietersen.3 - 2012-08-13 11:37

    But THEY can't Add or Subtract...shame

      kala.bafazi - 2012-08-13 12:11

      Yet is is a party full of division

  • bheki.dingiswayo - 2012-08-13 11:39

    Cosas you have been very queit about books in Limpopo and Eastern Cape- the school have not been closed yet but it is a proposal and I think you will be given a chance to present your case as to why these schools should remained opened. For now cool down and prepare for the exams in two months time.

      mofstok - 2012-08-13 11:42

      Wise words, I wish they would heed them.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-08-13 11:52

      KZN are closing schools, Gauteng are closing schools, FS are closing schools - But hey, I guess they not DA right!

  • Genesistt - 2012-08-13 11:41

    Instead of protests and acts of civil disobedience, how about acts of fundraising and maintenance and community unity to find a way to keep the schools open? It's so easy to just throw a temper tantrum, isn't it? Why not instead figure out how to fix what is wrong with the schools that are forcing the closures and then working together to fix it. Be proactive for once!

  • johan.vanheerden.737 - 2012-08-13 11:51

    Charge these buggers with high treason!

  • andre.burrows.92 - 2012-08-13 12:26

    COSAS, take your struggling comrades and go back north

  • Michael - 2012-08-13 12:34

    Cosas is not well informed or they are politicising this issue, those learners are being moved to better schools where effective teaching and learning can take place, i blame journalist on this issue, they are reporting on this matter is not accurate. MEC of education in that Province is taking the decision which is in the best interest of learners.

  • i.see.a.cupcake - 2012-08-13 13:56

    omg this ANC is useless.

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-08-13 14:39

    Cosas a.k.a. ancyl's youth league! Another bunch of morons. I remember when Cosas was a conscientious, effective and constructive body. I was a member. Now it has degenerated into a mob of 'mugabe-like' teenage war vets! Bring back the cane! And since when does civil disobedience involve arson, looting and assault ?

  • clive.kihn - 2012-08-13 15:28

    Will someone please remind these children that the W Cape has plans to build three times as many schools as will be closed. But obviously the kids don't want simple facts to disrupt their disruptive plans.

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