Western Cape school disruptions condemned

2012-03-12 14:41

Cape Town - Western Cape education authorities on Monday condemned disruptions at the Umyezo Wama Apile combined school in Grabouw.

MEC Donald Grant said members of the Elgin Grabouw Civic Organisation entered classrooms on Monday and apparently told pupils that teaching would not take place.

Describing this as unacceptable, he said the reason given for the disruption was that he had not responded to a memorandum, in which the group demanded that new classrooms be built.

"The truth is that the education ministry has communicated with the Elgin Grabouw Civic Organisation and has responded to their memorandum.

"We informed the chairman that should we be able to secure the site, there was every possibility that we could have a new mobile school erected and ready for use as soon as the start of the second school term."

Organisation members apparently threatened teachers who wanted to continue classes despite the interruption. Some children left the premises.

Last week, residents stormed the school in Grabouw to demand the building of a new school. Some facilities were set alight and a few people were arrested for public violence.

Grant said a suitable site for a new school had been identified, but it needed to be transferred from the national public works department, which Minister Thulas Nxesi was considering.

The school's principal and governing body had been encouraged to make sure pupil attendance was a priority.

Grant said he might seek an interdict against organisation members should disruptions become a trend.

  • John - 2012-03-12 14:59

    What a bunch of morons

      Adam - 2012-03-12 22:18

      Anyone one see the news coverage on BBC running this morning with regards the goverment run schools in SA. Very dissapointing to say the least.....and this article just highlights what was reported on BBC

  • stalin.rudolf - 2012-03-12 15:04

    how do you expect a building when you not paying fees, thats free education for you. vote again.

      lindz.kok - 2012-03-12 15:37

      fools the lot of them, this african mindset of constant demands followed by violence and destruction will make us blend in with out neighbours economical standing in no time.

      Duncan Thabiso Mphailane - 2012-03-12 15:53

      So what you're really saying is that farm workers who get R1000pm must use that money to travel to work, feed

  • Matthew - 2012-03-12 15:06

    they want new facilities,yet they burn the current ones to the ground because they're upset? bunch of mindless morons hope all of you get arrested

  • Ian - 2012-03-12 15:20

    Morons - how do you burn down facilities in protest that there are nopt enough facilities. It isnot a protest - it is a clear case of sabotage, which is illegal.

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-03-12 16:01

    I see the ANC are getting the sh$ts cause they lost the WC...

  • Xenon1 - 2012-03-12 16:35

    It boggles the mind when people destroy basic infrastructure while demanding more of the same. Is this what the anc "structures" mean when they say that they will make the W.C. ungovernable; or is it just that our brains are wired differently? The migration of workers to the W.C. from incompetently managed provinces like the E.C. make it nearly impossible to have an adequate number of schools and other infrastructure to provide for the influx of new people, especially in the rural areas. This mob mentality has to be stopped.

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