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Basic Education Threatens To Take Legal Action

Several organisations have been planning to disrupt classes since schools reopened. The Basic Education Department has now spoken out against this. 

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The Council of Education Ministers (CEM), led by Minister Angie Motshekga, has said it will go to court to seek protection from organisations who disrupt teaching. 

The Council met to discuss developments that have been going on since the second phase of reopening schools. It was happy with the successful return of learners.

"Many schools have made a concerted effort to prepare adequate sanitation, health and safety measures to welcome back the pupils."

However, the CEM noted that organisations threatening to disrupt the school year pose a threat to the progress that the department has been making.

"The CEM appeals to all aggrieved political and civic organisations to rather engage with their political counterparts and authorities at their usual platforms. These platforms are appropriate avenues to register their concerns and complaints, and not our centres of learning and development. The unfolding political ballgame does not belong in schools."

“Failure to desist from these regrettable acts will leave us no choice but to exercise our options, as per the dictates of the SA Schools Act, to make sure we protect our schools, educators, pupils and the rights and interests of parents who wish to take their children back to school.”

The CEM urges all organisations to not interfere with the school year, as this clashes with the rights of parents who wish to let their children go to school. 

“We are disappointed and dismayed that these organisations have neglected to recognise the efforts by the department in providing alternatives for parents who, out of well-founded anxiety and fear, wish not to return their children to school."

 

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