Cosatu: Fire Western Cape education MEC

2012-06-21 09:31

Cape Town - Western Cape education MEC Donald Grant should be sacked because of 27 schools facing possible closure in the province, Cosatu said on Wednesday.

"We demand Grant's removal as education MEC, as he is playing loose and fast with the education needs of children," Western Cape Congress of SA Trade Unions' secretary Tony Ehrenreich said.

"We oppose the closure of several schools as it will undermine the education of working class black communities."

Ehrenreich said he and other organisations wanted to meet with the education department directly to negotiate "a grand plan" for education.

"This must ensure that there is quality of education, and resources between black and white learners have equal prospects."

Public hearings

On Wednesday, Grant told reporters in Cape Town that people would have time to voice their concerns before a decision was made on whether to close the under-performing schools.

The relevant school governing bodies had been notified of possible closure and had until Friday to make written and oral representations. He would then decide whether to proceed with the closure and, if so, arrange a public hearing to allow affected people to state their case.

When asked if he would meet with Cosatu and the ANC, he said he would only meet with the relevant parties within the participation process.

Responding to allegations of racism, he said it was unfortunate that the ANC and Cosatu had again "cheapened" the decisions that needed to be taken.

"I do not see children in racial groups. I just see children."

ANC provincial leader Marius Fransman, in a telephone interview, said Grant's actions "reeked" not only of racism, but also of recklessness and irresponsibility.

‘Blood of kids on govt’s hands’

"The problem is, if you want to close schools [on the Cape Flats] you are essentially displacing children to other areas outside, like Bishop Lavis and Elsies River.

"There are gang turf wars in these communities. If you send them there, you are asking for the killing of our children en route to school... blood of young people will be on the hands of the government.

Fransman asked for sanity and the immediate withdrawal of notice letters to school principals. He said at least a year was needed to consult the communities.

"In those cases where it makes sense [to close schools], we are not against the principle...[but in the case of these 27 schools] they have already decided. They are just trying to legitimise the process."

  • Kala - 2012-06-21 09:38

    WTF - And Cocksuptu has absolutely nothing to say about the text book situation in Limpopo. The reason there are turf wars in the Cape Flats is because the government can't control the crime in this country. Cocksuptu is the biggest stumbling block when it comes to education.

      Andres - 2012-06-21 10:04

      And SAPS is a national competency. The national minister is actually preventing Dan Plato (WCape Community Safety MEC) from instituting a dedicated crime-fighting unit for gangs in the Cape. They scupper WC-government attempts to help the poor, then cry that the WC-government is racist and anti-poor. Nice one ANC - using the people you claim to represent as "human shields" to undermine the local government!

      Alf - 2012-06-21 10:09

      I demand that Tony Ehrenreich rents a pesonality before that semi-literate "genius" opens his mouth again! He is so upset because nobody takes little Tony seriously! Go cry to uncle Vavi! VIVA!

      khuliso.ratshinanga - 2012-06-21 10:10

      @ Kala spot on cosatu want to politicise education the MEC in western cape doing a great job textbooks were delivered in time on enews he said drop outs in the identified school is high. Cosatu must make loud noise about the textbook situation in limpopo finish en klar

      E=MC2 - 2012-06-21 10:30

      exactly! what about the hundreds of other schools in ANC run provinces!?! Fire those MEC's too then!

      alisha.abad.7 - 2012-06-21 10:33

      COSATU should be demanding the sacking of the Limpopo, Free State, KZN and Mpumalanga Education Minsters for not delivering textbooks to schools in those provinces 6 months into the academic year. Despite a court order to do so, they have done nothing. FIRE THE ANC PROVINCIAL EDUCATION MINISTERS NOW! FIRE THE ANC PEOPLE! vote for another party.

      Mark - 2012-06-21 11:38

      COSATU-partner unions such as SADTU also mess with our kids' education by stiking and leaving kids unattended in their classrooms. They have no room to speak on such matters. Their hypocrisy truly knows no bounds.

      wesleywt - 2012-06-22 16:34

      Why do people's blood pressure explode for every stupid thing Cosatu and ANCYL says. Has anything these morons say actually been followed through? Go and make a cup of coffee and chill.

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-06-21 09:55

    So poor children should continue to receive sub standard education by poor performing schools with dwindling students? This is so ANC/COSATU of them.. It is sickening how the ANC and their cronies are keeping the poor of the poor from receiving a better education as is their right. Why?

      Kala - 2012-06-21 10:00

      100% PointBlank. But why close the schools down? Why not improve the schools and fire the principals?

      richard.hipkin - 2012-06-21 10:08

      Kala, some of those schools are about to collapse. they old, really old and do not have the facilities needed (running water, ablutions, etc..) Some of these "schools" have less then 40 students. This is not condusive to a young scholar who needs interaction with proper techers so they can receive a proper education. COSATU and ANC pounce on anything and everything, twist it with their "agenda dust" and smear it will all kinds of propaganda. But htey remain mum on the missing funds in the WC ANC coffers!!

      richard.hipkin - 2012-06-21 10:09

      Also, the DA are building new schools. 33 already have been built. While the ANC in the EC destroy education at a rate of knots, the WC DA are building new schools, closing dysfunctional schools, ensuring poor children receive equal education... And COSATU/ANC fight this? Ja ne.

      jeffrey.jones.357 - 2012-06-21 10:40

      @Kala, From what I understand the WCED has been pumping money and support structures into these underperforming schools to no avail. They can't be expected to keep throwing good money after bad. Probably a big reason for the underpeformance of these schools is that they have SADTU teachers. By closing these schools the kids will move to better performing schools and get a better education.

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-06-21 09:57

    A "grand" plan for education??? With Limpopo Grade 10 learners sitting with no text books.. Oh COSATU and ANC WC, you are so desperate to discredit the DA you have your heads up each others backsides you failing to see the collapse of education around the country.. What a bunch of evil hypocrites.

  • Clive - 2012-06-21 10:00

    Cosatu is hypocritical in the extreme, and Ehrenreich proves this almost every time he opens his mouth. I am not saying Grant is doing a wonderful job - in fact, I have my reservations about him - but, for goodness sake, education in the W Cape is in far better shape than virtually every other province in the country. When Cosatu and Ehrenreich speak out unequivocally about the shambles in Limpopo and the E Cape especially, then we will take their rantings about Grant and the DA more seriously.

  • Andres - 2012-06-21 10:01

    COSATU and Tony are hypocrites! SADTU is a COSATU affiliate and we know who really is to blame for dismal education. Nice one crying racism when you're the one with the so-called "blood on your hands." Anyone considered the WCape has the highest matric pass rate and the best-performing township school in the nation (COSAS in Khayelitsha); yes, their intent is indeed sinister. Tony and Marius need to get a hobby, because their racially divisive rhetoric in desperate attempts to "Operation Reclaim" the province is getting old and the intelligent voters aren't falling for it!

  • zikhona3 - 2012-06-21 10:03

    I was expecting dat in racist province,in freedom charter education should be free now these white capitalist are playing with our children future.I call all our people(blacks en colourds) in western cape to vote this DA government out.

      Andres - 2012-06-21 10:07

      I see Luthuli House sent you their propaganda hymn sheet. Nice well-constructed, factual and independently-thought-out opinion! *Facepalm*

      richard.hipkin - 2012-06-21 10:11

      Do you actually even know the REAL story or are you a sheep?

      dulcie.theron - 2012-06-21 10:12

      how convenient, what do you think should happen about Limpopo? Would it be fair to say that ANC did not deliver in this province. Im coloured, what am I supposed to do about this????

      Andres - 2012-06-21 10:14

      It's not Black teachers that are the problem; it's the unions. There are plenty of dedicated, loving and passionate Black educators. Don't racialise this, please! MEC Donald Grant wants to close underperforming schools to push funds and resources into new and adjacent successful school, giving learners a better chance in life. Some schools are so captive to poor principals and SADTU-teachers, they can't muster 50% matriculation rates. If giving learners more resources and better chances at adjacent better schools and new schools is anti-poor and racist... then I'm freekin' dumbfounded! COSATU and WC-ANC have stooped to the lowest lows of divisive politics at all opportunities at any cost.

      Stirrer - 2012-06-21 10:16

      Zikhona, just look at what ANC education did to your ability to reason... ag, never mind...

      tsietsi.mshengu - 2012-06-21 10:20

      @Trurio, Zikhona's comment is stupid to say the least. But it is ill advised of you to paint Black teachers with the same brush. I think we should still be considerate even when responding to infuriating and brainwashed comments like that of Zikhona.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-06-21 10:20

      Your head of education is black - what's this racist trash you're spouting.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-06-21 10:21

      He's been singing with Malema .

      joe.farmer.92775 - 2012-06-21 10:22

      Baaaad sheep

      Clive - 2012-06-21 14:45

      So, Zikhona, using your logic, voters in E Cape and Limpopo, for starters, should vote out the ANC governments in those provinces because they have totally screwed up education there. Not a bad idea actually. May I remind you that, despite a court order, many pupils in Limpopo are still waiting for text books - one day before schools close for the mid-year break. That FACT does not get a mention in any ANC press releases.

  • dulcie.theron - 2012-06-21 10:06

    fire Angie Motshega too.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-06-21 10:19

      Yes agreed. She should have been on top of this long ago. Maybe she has a mandate to ensure they don't succeed in their schooling. This is even worse that the sins committed by the apartheid government - they are doing this to their own people. Sies!

  • tsietsi.mshengu - 2012-06-21 10:11

    Tony is a moron. A decision has not yet been taken. Why is COSATU quiet about the education mecs in the Eastern Cape, Limpopo and Mpumalanga where the situation is worse?

      richard.hipkin - 2012-06-21 10:14

      It's because Tony is bitter he lost so poorly in the GE in the WC. Remember, COSATU/ANC WC are on "operation reclaim", so they are going to turn everything into a raging battle..

      Erna - 2012-06-21 10:46

      and he wasn't made mayor.

  • lebogang.molefo - 2012-06-21 10:16

    Fire the MEC of Education in Limpopo

  • nosiphom.mazibuko - 2012-06-21 10:16

    Tony misunderstands. I think the message from the MEC is clear - currently whether the children are in school or not, the effect is the same, they do not learn. So close the schools and take the children to whre they can learn - but increase the capacity there. Fire the incompetent teachers that Tony is trying to protect!

      Erna - 2012-06-21 10:47

      Tony misunderstands on purpose. They are grabbing at anything to try and discredit the DA. But (un)fortunately not working.

  • joe.farmer.92775 - 2012-06-21 10:19

    WC Cosatu and ANC make a statement; using the historical bile from this lot what you do is read and take the exact opposite as the truth

  • Hermann - 2012-06-21 10:19

    Nice to tell others what to do with their money COSATU and what is your contribution to education?

      richard.hipkin - 2012-06-21 10:23

      COSATU's contribution to education? SADTU.

  • lydonmcg - 2012-06-21 10:22

    Too bad no one cares about Cosatu and your stupid stupid "demands." What can you do if no one listens? That's right...nothing.

  • joe.farmer.92775 - 2012-06-21 10:30

    "Supplementary exam results - Western Cape exceeds 34 000 NSC passes Statement by Minister Donald Grant, Minister of Education, Western Cape I am very delighted to announce that the Western Cape has exceeded 34 000 passes for the 2011 NSC examinations. In January 2012, it was announced that the Western Cape achieved a pass rate of 82.9%, with 33 110 passes. I am now proud to announce that in the 2011 Supplementary exams, 804 additional learners have now passed the NSC examinations. This has increased the overall pass rate in the Western Cape to 84.7%." this pure racism from the MEC must stop how dare he improve pass rates, the ANC will never get back into if this continues

      colin.dovey - 2012-06-21 10:49

      Racism? - 0/10 Improve pass rates? - Of course.....that is why they have supplementary exams, to allow learners a 2nd chance in subjects they slipped up on the first time they wrote in 2011. One would have thought that was pretty elementary.......but as for...your words: "the ANC will never get back into if this continues" - makes NO sense.....maybe you should apply for that Supplementary exam in English? But of, course, the ANC want their voters to be KEPT dumb don't they?

      joe.farmer.92775 - 2012-06-21 10:53

      Xavier - sarcasm

  • TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-06-21 10:31

    Stop child grants and build boarding schools in small towns that need the income through supply of fresh food and veggies, and the income spent by teachers. Don't visit the same social problems on the children that their parents can't seem to escape. Give them a future by providing them with an alternative to their own toxic and dangerous circumstances. If the 27 schools are under-performing and do not have the facilities, are located in crime-infested communities - get the children out of there. Cattle and sheep are treated better than a lot of children in SA who are suffering at the hands of their own parents and communities.

  • alisha.abad.7 - 2012-06-21 10:32

    COASATU should be demanding the sacking of the Limpopo, Free State, KZN and Mpumalanga Education Minsters for not delivering textbooks to schools in those provinces 6 months into the academic year. Despite a court order to do so, they have done nothing. FIRE THE ANC PROVINCIAL EDUCATION MINISTERS NOW!

  • james.m.turner.35 - 2012-06-21 10:34

    "We oppose the closure of several schools as it will undermine the education of working class black communities." No, blocking the Youth Wage Subisdy will undermine the education of working class. Luckily COSATU are'nt doing that, right Tony? Dumb f**kwit!

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-06-21 10:38

    tony ehrenreich = marius fransman = ronald lamola = fd up. Clearly you have NNNOOO idea what the hell you are talking about, making it a racist issue once again! All that ever comes out of your mouths is the same as an uneducated idiot's venom! Have you seen what the schools in the Northern Suburbs look like? Have you any idea exactly how many schools are mixed and how many are in use. Have you any idea how many learners are being driven in on a daily basis to various schools outside of their living domain. That ALREADY includes Mitchells Plain, Gugelethu to name just 2, not forgetting all the others. Yes the schools are overcrouded and beyond, but at least the learners are off the street. I am also against this closing of schools but know for a fact that most of the learners were ALREADY allocated to other schools, about 2 - 3 years ago. Rather try and find more eligible teachers that are able to fill the vacant schools, than trying to make this into a racist debate. GEEZ! You 3 should be fired!

  • henmich.maart - 2012-06-21 10:44

    What make sense is to better the standards of the educators,education material and conditions-especially safety-not to close schools.Anybody that wants to see a school closed,doesn't really care about these kids' education.Politicians should stop trying to score points and just do the job they are paid for.

      Repline - 2012-06-21 10:57

      Even if the school has only fourty to a hundred learners shared between five teachers? Tell me what would be the correct course of action here. Educate me.

  • david.t.hlongwane - 2012-06-21 11:03

    Dear MEC Donald Grant: i don't think you can be an edu.MEC and behave like that,whatever your trying to do.DO IT AT YOUR HOUSE,27 Schools to CLOSE.u've just becme a LIABILITY TO S.A,,,FOR EVERY SCHOOL TO CLOSE,U NEED A YEAR IN JAIL...there's a right to education Mr do u even know that???so much for a MEC.PROFESSION MY BAD BREADTH *pissed*

      smili.fication - 2012-06-21 11:06


      richard.hipkin - 2012-06-21 11:07

      So you want poor children to keep getting a poor education? That is so ANC of you...

      MSTRKRFT85 - 2012-06-21 11:10

      so the 26 new schools built and 21 schools that were revamped since DA came to power in 2010 gets him what?

  • Johan - 2012-06-21 11:09

  • fanie.dutoit2 - 2012-06-21 11:31

    What about the MEC for Limpopo and for that matter the Minister? No books in schools almost 7 months down the line. Toney you can't play politics and be objective.

      fanie.dutoit2 - 2012-06-21 11:33

      The cost of free education - No education?

  • Christian J Denyschen - 2012-06-21 11:35

    Does cosatu really think its in the DA best interest to keep the ppl uneducated? I think not uneducated fools will always vote for the anc no matter how much they suffer.

  • lemogangbrian.monye - 2012-06-21 11:37

    I wonder cosatu nothing has crossed their mind that before the MEC get to that decision they have spoken to the minister stop being bully in western cape

  • Charles - 2012-06-21 12:03

    That man must be fired and as for u lumpands who insult us for voting ANC calling us uneducated,u will be surprised how educated we are,lamola is a attorney by profession and so am I.

      mike.down.5492 - 2012-06-21 13:34

      Yes and too thick to practice . So what if you are an attorney, how good at your job are you? If you got your law degree recently it's worth dick, no Latin , no Roman's called law lite.

      david.t.hlongwane - 2012-06-21 14:11

      Charles my friend,this lumpands character is so full of DA,this country doesnt need such peopl or DA for that just need patriotic individuals before we go even into politics

      david.t.hlongwane - 2012-06-21 14:12

      Charles my friend,this lumpands character is so full of DA,this country doesnt need such peopl or DA for that just need patriotic individuals before we go even into politics

      david.t.hlongwane - 2012-06-21 14:12

      Charles my friend,this lumpands character is so full of DA,this country doesnt need such peopl or DA for that just need patriotic individuals before we go even into politics

      Clive - 2012-06-21 15:04

      Charles and David: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is insanity (Einstein). Yet people like you keep voting ANC in the hope that things will improve, which doesn't sound very educated to me. David, some of you are so like the old Nats it's almost unreal: they also used to say that those who opposed the ruling party were unpatriotic. I would suggest that the ANC is doing so much damage to our country that it is the unpatriotic one, not the DA and its supporters. And Daniel, personal insults - like "thick" - really add no substance to any argument.

  • tanie.annie - 2012-06-21 15:35

    Dear readers and thew stupid dumb ANC in the WC.These are the reasons Why Donald Grant is considering schools for possible closure will differ on a case-by-case basis, as each school has unique circumstances within which it operates," he said. "Some of these reasons include... ageing school infrastructure, dwindling learner numbers and persistently poor learner outcomes." New schools Grant said the decision to close a school was not taken lightly and he cared about each pupil, regardless of race. However, parents should not worry about where their children would go as the department was building new schools and replacing old ones. "To date, the department has completed the building of 23 new schools and has replaced eight schools," Grant said. By 2013, the province would have built 26 new schools and replaced 21. This amounted to about 57 000 pupils that could be accommodated. He said the province had dramatically decreased the number of under-performing schools since 2009, as defined by the national government. In 2009, 85 schools were identified. This dropped to 78 in 2010 and 30 in 2011. Grant said it would take between five and 10 years to "play catch-up" to where the department wanted to be.

  • tanie.annie - 2012-06-21 15:36

    "Die redes vir die oorweging van skole vir die moontlike sluiting op 'n geval-tot-geval basis sal verskil, as elke skool het 'n unieke omstandighede waarbinne dit funksioneer," het hy gesê. "Sommige van hierdie redes sluit in ... veroudering skool-infrastruktuur, dalende leerdergetalle en aanhoudend swak leerder uitkomste." nuwe skole Grant het gesê die besluit om 'n skool te sluit, is nie ligtelik geneem nie en hy het omgegee vir elke leerder, ongeag ras. Is, moet ouers egter nie bekommerd wees oor waar hulle kinders sou gaan as die departement die bou van nuwe skole en die oues te vervang. "Tot op datum, die departement die bou van 23 nuwe skole voltooi het en vervang het agt skole," het Grant gesê. Teen 2013, sal die provinsie gebou het 26 nuwe skole en 21 vervang. Dit beloop sowat 57 000 leerlinge wat geakkommodeer kan word. Hy het gesê die provinsie dramaties afgeneem het die getal van die onder-presterende skole sedert 2009, soos gedefinieer deur die nasionale regering. In 2009, het 85 skole is geïdentifiseer. Dit het gedaal tot 78 in 2010 en 30 in 2011. Grant het gesê dit sal tussen vyf en 10 jaar neem om te "speel inhaal" waar die departement wou wees.

  • tanie.annie - 2012-06-21 15:37

    "Sababu kwa kuzingatia shule kwa ajili ya kufungwa inawezekana zitakuwa tofauti juu ya msingi kesi kwa kesi, kama kila shule ina hali ya kipekee ndani ambayo inafanya kazi," alisema. "Baadhi ya sababu hizo ni pamoja na ... kuzeeka shule miundombinu, idadi ya kupungua kwa mwanafunzi na matokeo vinavyoendelea maskini mwanafunzi." Mpya shule Grant alisema uamuzi kuifunga shule hakuwa kuchukuliwa lightly na kuwa alijali chochote juu ya kila mwanafunzi, bila kujali rangi. Hata hivyo, wazazi asiwe na hofu juu ambapo watoto wao kwenda kama idara alikuwa ujenzi wa shule mpya na kuondoa yale ya zamani. "Hadi sasa, idara imekamilisha ujenzi wa shule 23 mpya na ina badala shule nane," alisema Grant. Ifikapo mwaka 2013, mkoa wa ingekuwa kujengwa shule mpya 26 na badala ya 21. Hii, jumla ya wanafunzi kuhusu 57 000 ambayo inaweza kushughulikiwa. Alisema mkoa alikuwa kasi ilipungua idadi ya shule chini ya-performing tangu 2009, kama inavyoelezwa na serikali ya kitaifa. Mwaka 2009, shule 85 yalibainishwa. Hii imeshuka hadi 78 mwaka 2010 na 30 mwaka 2011. Grant alisema itachukua kati ya watano na miaka 10 na "kucheza catch-up" ambapo idara alitaka kuwa.

  • ernest.nzukiso - 2012-06-22 02:03

    @Tannie.annie can u pls tell me what languege are u using from you last comments ist also mzantsi wamampela

  • theunis.botha.96 - 2012-06-23 04:44

    Tony sal dalk beter verstaan waaroor dit alles gaan as n mens dit aan hom toelig met die storie van die drie varkies.

  • alf.pop - 2012-07-26 21:53

    Ehrenreich: I repeat my statement - GO GET YOURSELF A PERSONALITY, EVEN IF YOU RENT ONE FOR PUBLIC APPEARANCES! But you are boring - must be a COSATU thing!

  • ntokozoe - 2012-10-17 15:59

    this is a resounding proof that a white man will never carry a black man's interest at heart

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