Too much focus on pupils' rights - Sadtu

2015-05-28 15:23

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Bloemfontein - Schools are factories that manufacture revolutionaries, where most of the children they produce are well balanced individuals, but some show flaws, principals heard at a seminar in Bloemfontein on Thursday.

Charles Stofile, Free State chairperson of the South African Democratic Teachers' Union, also urged principals to remember their revolutionary roots.

“We are different revolutionaries. We don’t carry guns anymore. We are expected to develop the abilities of the young to take their place in the South Africa of today.”

He said there would always be "factory faults as you assemble the product".

"In South Africa, we assemble many factory fault revolutionaries. That’s why we have hooliganism.”

He blamed this on there being too much focus on the rights of pupils. “We are too aware of people’s freedom of speech, but there are not enough limitations on that freedom,” he said.

He also congratulated the Free State government for naming two buildings in the city after Oliver Tambo and Fidel Castro respectively. He said that there was too much emphasis on Nelson Mandela and that other heroes of the revolution didn't get the recognition they deserved.

“We play into the hands of the opposition and leave all our achievements in their hands. We are too scared to talk of the leaders we have created in the revolution.”

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