Education dept appeals for 'level-headedness'

2012-09-14 22:15

Johannesburg - The Northern Cape education department has appealed for "level-headedness" on Friday, following intimidation of pupils in the John Taolo Gaetsewe district municipality.

"As education, we continue to appeal for level-headedness (sic) and that political organisations must refrain from the blame game and instead contribute ideas of what can be done," said spokesperson Sydney Stander in a statement.

"We rely on the security cluster to unravel the situation for us, because it is beyond comprehension how any people can compromise the future of our children in pursuit of any interests."

A total of 41 of the 65 schools in the municipality have been closed since June because of intimidation.

Stander said while Grade 12 camps were coping well with the situation, many schools in the district were still closed.

An attempted petrol bombing of a pupil's home was in the hands of the police, he said.

On Thursday, basic education department spokesman Panyaza Sefusi said the schooling situation in the district had deteriorated, with the petrol bombing affecting attendance.

He said mediators would brief the department on Friday as to the situation, and what needed to be done to get children back into the school.

Locals were protesting about a lack of tarred roads in the municipality.

  • bernpm - 2012-09-14 22:52

    "......He said mediators would brief the department on Friday as to the situation, and what needed to be done to get children back into the school......" These communities have been asking for roads......for months........did you not get this???? You do not need mediators, you need road builders!!!!! Maybe some unemployed in the affected areas could help you!!

      keith.roberts.98434 - 2012-09-15 08:45

      The schoolchildren are doing nothing, set them to building the roads;it will keep them out of mischief.

  • lacrimosewolf - 2012-09-14 23:24

    Now you want level-headedness? 4 months into denying children their rights under the Constitution and totally robbing them of any future because there's no other way to get the people you hired to do the job they are supposed to do. And putting CHILDREN in military camps because it's easier than solving the real problem is an outrageous human rights abuse

  • jeremy.forbes.1293 - 2012-09-14 23:30

    For goodness sake uphold law and order, is anyone in control here? Perhaps, tough action by the police will restore sanity. These people need to be taught that democracy does not mean they have the freedom to riot. This destructive culture must be rooted out immediately.

  • blip.noodlum - 2012-09-15 07:07

    Avoid the "blame game"? Why? When there IS someone to blame, even if the powers-that-be are unable or unwilling to comprehend this? Why should the blameworthy people escape justifiable blame?

  • - 2012-09-15 09:38

    Lets de ANC lead government stop its arrogancy and deal with the basic needs of the society,when u read newspapers is minister's involved in corruption,mangaung elective conference,cosatu and other stories,what about the basic needs of de ppl on de ground.If ppl can realise no one want to take a blame fo NC issue,what de govt is doin is to bring the security cluster which is nt how things should be;It is alleged that minister of communication is involved in corruption wastin about millions on ITC indaba,ANC is nt lookin into that,u hav a situation where a secretatry of parliament charged for corruption and dismissed by parliament bt still he thinks that it was nt right of him to b dismissed;Let the Pres JZ instruct relevant dept to deal with dis issue before de country collapse!

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