Quality education must be for all, not just the few - Cosas

2016-03-18 21:15
(Mpho Raborife, News24)

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Johannesburg - The Congress of SA students says it wants access to quality basic education to be for all students across the country, and not just those living in well-performing provinces.

Cosas President Zama Khanyase was addressing members at its "Learn without fear!" convention at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto on Friday.

"As Cosas, we are no longer going to celebrate when Gauteng and the Western Cape perform well. If the Eastern Cape does not perform well, we all don't perform well," she said.

"An injury to one is an injury to all."

She said paperless classrooms should not be celebrated until students in other provinces also had access to them.

Khanyase also said students in Grade 12 should not only have to pass the year with a matric certificate, but that this should also be accompanied with a driver's licence.

She added that many students who came from non-private schools struggled with basic computer skills once they arrived at tertiary institutions. She said more needed to be done to ensure that high school learners graduated from school knowing basic computer skills.

Cosas also called for breakfast to be included in the education department's current feeding scheme and for more investment to be made into sporting activities at less privileged schools.

"We also want to enjoy everything enjoyed by all those students who are coming from private schools."

President Jacob Zuma and Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga were present at the convention and received a warm welcome from the hundreds of students who had gathered to hear their address.

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