Free education now - union

2012-06-15 16:16

Johannesburg - Government should speed up the introduction of free quality public education, the National Education Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) said on Friday.

"The time has arrived for the current generation to demand progressive political, social, and economic policies that will emancipate and extricate them from the cycle of poverty," Nehawu spokesperson Sizwe Pamla said in a statement.

The union urged the country's youth to reflect during Youth Day celebrations on Saturday on sacrifices that were made for their freedom.

"The freedom we have was not handed to us on a platter, but was paid for in blood by Hector Peterson and others.

"Young people should lead the fight against the triple crisis of poverty, unemployment, and inequality," Pamla said.

"They cannot afford to be spectators who sit on the sidelines and hope for the goodwill of the state."

  • roland.vanwyk - 2012-06-15 16:31

    Seriously??? Lol! Demand demand demand yeah?! Free? Free 4 who? Do these idiots ever stop and think what crap is dripping out their brains into their mouths? Nothing is free, only stolen things are free to a degree!

      Koos - 2012-06-15 21:53

      Actually there is no such thing as FREE, Free merely means someone else is paying for it. Leaving it to government... hehehe they only worry about themselves and their pockets while tier children go to private schools and to Europe. Seriously, why would the ANC worry, a breeding population of stupid people will ensure the ANC stays in power.

  • nigel.burgess.52 - 2012-06-15 16:33

    Gimme gimme gimme Gimme gimme gimme Gimme gimme gimme. Demand demand demand Demand demand demand Demand demand demand.

  • Philip Buys - 2012-06-15 16:37

    Another free Braai day!,,,,

  • Sharon - 2012-06-15 16:51

    what this country needs is properly qualified teachers and not half educated comrades deployed to fill the posts

  • Mark - 2012-06-15 16:55

    free quality, like your houses and medical, hahaha. If you will excuse me I must go and pick up my well educated kids from their private school and then we will all have a healthy hot meal in our very expensive home on the river bank. Maybe your free educated kids can come and clean the kitchen afterwards...

  • nigel.burgess.52 - 2012-06-15 16:57

    Imagine what the standard of 'free education' will be considering the standard of paid education at government schools.

  • colin.langley - 2012-06-15 16:58

    Keep the dumb...till Jesus come.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-06-15 16:58

    If ever there was a service delivery issue to make a huge noise about, this is the one. The future integrity of our very nation depends on this.

  • jimmy.kawa.1 - 2012-06-15 17:01

    free education. i think not. if something is free, there is no respect for it because if it breaks another one will be given. nothing should be 'free' for this very reason. if school kids (i dont agree with this pc 'learner' title) want that education they should show their demand for it by going to school and working hard, respecting those teachers that give a damn. this 'give, give, give' mentality that pervades this country, this apathetic laziness, can only be resolved by not giving away free stuff. the attitude of entitlement is crippling this country. look to the 'foreigners' in our country and take note of how hard they work, becoming masters of their own destiny.

  • nico.loubser.9 - 2012-06-15 17:13

    I don't understand now. They want free education but when they get education they don't want it. I have interviewed many matrics... and 90% of them can't spell and neither can they do SIMPLE mathematics.

  • gideon.joubert.10 - 2012-06-15 17:17

    You can have freel education, or quality education. There is no such thing as free quality education. Ditto for healthcare.

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-06-15 17:22

    The communist led unions in this country always come up with pathetic ideas. Nothing is for free. The taxpayer will have to foot the bill.

  • Fhedzani Sadiki - 2012-06-15 17:28

    There is no such thing as Free Education.

  • Wendy - 2012-06-15 17:28

    Perhaps they CAN have free education...........when the teachers work for free! Who thinks that will work?

  • James - 2012-06-15 17:31

    that free education is still being paid for by someone, and who do you think that is? ah yes, mister reliable tax payer. we pay for all these so called services but see very little or no delivery thereof!!!

      Mark - 2012-06-15 17:39

      'There's no such thing as a free lunch.' Milton Friedman.

  • dan.vanryneveld - 2012-06-15 17:35

    Ok, all good, but who is paying for it?? the white south african taxpayer who you want driven out of this country, that is who.

  • Mark - 2012-06-15 17:37

    Anything you get for free is worth what you pay for it. By that logic we should have had free education for over a decade already.

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