Eastern Cape Education MEC Concerned About School Disruptions

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The Eastern Cape Education MEC Fundile Gade has voiced their concerns surrounding community disruptions to teaching and learning at some schools in the province. 


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Some schools in the Cafutweni region of the Eastern Cape were subject to disruptions due to reported fighting and violence amongst community members.

Four schools were left unable to operate and many learners have been left without parents due to the random killings taking place in the area. 

The province's Education MEC Fundile Gade along with other stakeholders visited the area concerned about the effect on teachers and learners and how the disruptions will affect the performance of learners in the mid-year examinations which they are preparing for. 

"They are preparing to write the mid-year exams now, so there is no way that we can allow any forms of disruption on the basis of any kind of crime," said Gade. 

Gade says that all relevant departments which have been cited in the area will meet at a corporate level to ensure that they respond to the disruptions taking place in these communities which are affecting schools. 

These departments include the Department of Health in the context of public clinics, the Department of Education in relation to scholar transport and the matter of hazardous pit latrines and toilets and the Department of Transport in relation to the access of roads and municipalities. 

He says an urgent meeting must be held for the social development of these communities as many of them have been identified as disadvantaged and require interventions from the Department of Social Development and Home Affairs. 

Traditional healers in the communities have also expressed their unhappiness with the killings in the Cafutweni area and the negative impact it has on schooling. 

 


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