Minister wants pupils back at schools

2012-09-18 22:39

Johannesburg - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has urged school governing bodies in the Northern Cape to allow pupils in the province to return to school.

Ministerial spokesperson Hope Mokgatlhe said on Tuesday the minister asked representatives of the bodies to exclude school children from service delivery protests and allow them to return to school.

"She reminded them that there can never be free marks or pass-one-pass-all, unless all kids are back in school to learn and write their exams," said Mokgatlhe.

On Tuesday, Motshekga visited school governing bodies representing parents in the Northern Cape, where 41 of the 65 schools there have been closed since June.

Residents protesting about a lack of tarred roads in the municipality were intimidating children who were attending school.

"The schools can make good of the last term if communities allow children to go back to class as soon as possible," Motshekga told representatives.

The department said it would provide catch-up plans only when all pupils had returned to school.
The minister was expected to brief the president on Wednesday's visit.

  • sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-09-18 23:02

    Why does she even care? She has already made it abundantly clear that she is just in her position for the nice paypacket every month! These children have not been to school since June, and she finally dragged herself there to make it look as if she is doing her job. Angie, you are the weakest link - Goodbye!!

  • Billy - 2012-09-18 23:44

    this woman needs to go

  • adrien.mcguire - 2012-09-19 00:45

    What is this cr#p abou "Free marks or one pass, all pass". You either pass at the required stansdard, or you fail. Or am I just stupid?

      chhpurdy - 2012-09-19 00:51

      Spot on Adrien. At this rate we can all go to university having failed everything including woodwork. As it is South African qualifications are eyed suspiciously here in Aus.

      max.reynecke - 2012-09-19 05:47

      Yes, we teach them from an early age that there is no consequences for their actions and later in life when they get into government we can't understand that no one is held accountable for their actions...

      kala.bafazi - 2012-09-19 08:45

      It's part of the anc policy of wooing voters with free stuff. Unfortunately the Northern Cape government has virtually bankrupted itself and all that they can offer is free marks.

  • danie.smit.587 - 2012-09-19 05:32

    Go services before education, another unemployable generation. More educational refugees cumming to the WC ? Its amazing no NC Orania children out of school, and and amazing enough ero government services in Orania. Residents paid for everything themselves. Is it another apartheid fault?

  • cfakazi - 2012-09-19 06:23

    Such a destructive attitude among South Africans is a huge cause for concern. Why close schools? I bet that idea came from an adult who never finished school and does not know the importance of education. What is the custodian of our children's education (dept of basic education) doing? Jacob Zuma will regret not firing Angie when in the hind sight. He also must not get a send term purely for the lack of leadership.

  • arthur.salvado - 2012-09-19 07:37

    Remember that to get them to vote ANC , they got to keep them stupid to ensure future votes. Of course, this is in case they run out of boerewors rolls. Go figure !

  • Tim Elliott - 2012-09-19 07:41

    Has anyone in Govt anywhere on this planet failed as spectacularly as this woman?It is absolutely mind boggling that she has not been fired.Of course in any decent democracy where pride and accountability apply she would have done the right thing and resigned.

  • - 2012-09-19 08:15

    41/65 schools have been closed since June... and now you expect these learners to come back and crame in 3months of school work just in time for the exams to start!! No wonder the pass rates and stadards have dropped !!!

  • Bokrichard - 2012-09-19 08:52

    I was just wondering whether text books were available when she went to school - or did she? And the suffering youth of now is supposed to be the leaders of tomorrow - wow

  • tw2066 - 2012-09-19 09:14

    Well, the schools are burnt, the books are missing and the pupils are at home quote the ANC ... Crisis..What crisis?.

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-09-19 10:58

    Back to school. Zoombie should lead by example!

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