Minister to visit Northern Cape schools

2012-09-07 18:29

Johannesburg - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga will visit the Northern Cape where 41 schools have been closed due to intimidation, her office said on Friday.

Spokesman Panyaza Lesufi said Motshekga planned to visit the district on Wednesday, after receiving an 18-page report compiled by an education task team.

A total of 41 of the 65 schools in the Johan Taolo Gaetsewe district municipality, which includes Kuruman, have been closed since June because of residents intimidating children. Locals had been protesting over a lack of tarred roads in the municipality.

Children in the province had still not returned to schools, provincial education spokesman Sydney Stander said on Wednesday.

Stander said meetings with church leaders were being planned to encourage parents to send their children back to school.

The Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa visited Olifantshoek on Monday, where he met residents who had demanded the mayor's resignation amid accusations of corruption.

"The fundamental issue is that learners must return to school. That is the ultimate goal of the minister's intervention," Mthethwa's spokesman Zweli Mnisi said.

Mnisi said resolving the issues in the town was a collective effort.

Following discussions chaired by Mthethwa, it was agreed that a task team including community representatives, local government and education officials, and the police, be formed to resolve tensions in Olifantshoek.

  • ramabulana - 2012-09-07 18:38

    Really, she only noticed the problem now?

      lacrimosewolf - 2012-09-07 19:11

      Oh well what do you expect? It took the "task team" 3 months to write an 18 page report :) Apparently Angie only deals with reports, not actual people. Flippancy aside, it is outrageous that schools can be closed for a week let alone nearly 3 months before anyone bothers to to do anything.

      Desilusionada - 2012-09-07 19:47

      Yeah this matter has been quietly ignored or to be charitable, overshadowed by Marikana, (by the news reporters anyway), for quite some time now. Nothing has happened so far. As you say reports yes, but nothing else. Well if Limpopo is the norm, not much hope for Kuruman, is there then? Then again, perhaps "these people", and I use these words, deserve nothing better in life than poverty and perhaps more poverty. Why is the community allowing it?....... PS. Unfortunately I called the honourable Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, Ms. Wiggie in an earlier post and N24 deleted it. Only reason I did was because a black person negatively commented on her wig, (which was not deleted), so I just took the cue............

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-09-08 20:37

      41 schools??? Not one or two? How is that possible???

  • njdejager - 2012-09-07 18:59

    Why does she even bother?? Limpopo still not sorted. She should start buying books for next year already. Stay in your office a bit Minister and do some WORK

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-09-07 19:55

    who me????!

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-09-07 20:17

    To upgrade her education?

  • roger.kaputnick.90 - 2012-09-08 04:31

    Why has she not been fired yet?

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-09-08 09:51

    Only time her and the hubby go to work is pay day. Otherwise both of them are useless.

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-09-08 11:14

    About time she got educated!

  • matthew.patrick.925 - 2012-09-08 16:15

    In 18 years time the poorly educated masses of Northern Cape will still blame Apartheid for their circumstances and will still vote ANC. Is education not prioritised in this country? According to studies performed by the UN and the World Economic Forum in the past 5 years the average IQ in South Africa is 68. The US and UK education departments classify an IQ below 70 as mentally handicapped. The kids of SA need all the education they can get!!!

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