Cosas condemns use of education to protest

Johannesburg - The Congress of SA Students (Cosas) on Friday condemned the use of education as a lever during protests.

"This is the same as community members who burn down government infrastructure to wage different struggles, which is walking three steps forward and two back," Cosas president Thlologelo Malatji said in a statement.

"The communities involved in these protests obviously did not weigh the protest they are currently involved in, the expected outcomes of it and the education of a learner..."

In Kuruman in the Northern Cape, a group calling themselves the Road Forum began protesting in June demanding that a 130km stretch of road in the John Taolo Gaetsewe district municipality be tarred.

The protesters were barring pupils and staff from going to school, apparently to get the attention of the authorities.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on Thursday said 16 000 pupils from 54 schools in different villages were affected. Of these 496 were matriculants.

Motshekga was in the area on Wednesday to talk to the community, expecting to re-open the schools.

However, the community was adamant that the situation would not change.

Cosas on Friday urged parents in the area to reconsider their strategy and said it would ask the SA National Civic Organisation to intervene.

"Cosas remains a students' movement and our main concern in this whole issue is the learners," Malatji said.

Bingo 2014-08-29 09:20:58 PM
Respect! Education must be priority number 1 for all but most importantly for the poor & disenfranchised. It really is a fast track out of the poverty trap. It's bad enough that the govt are so weak that the allow the tail to wag the dog with respect to unions. The schools are there for the learners, not the educators and most certainly not there to address past imbalances in anything other than education
Rodney Bevan 2014-08-29 10:14:06 PM
Oh please, during apartheid and ever since, the students have been used, willingly, to protest everything, from apartheid to wanting free condoms and tampons. Stop messing around and get your butts on those chairs and start learning and just maybe you'll be in a position to run this country properly, no corruption, fraud, nepotism etc. no special favours for the colour of your skin, purely on merit.
Martin WakaMboshane 2014-08-30 12:16:27 AM
The same brats use students to protest. The very same brats insulted the Public Protector s nose. Now they wanna act smart. Hay Suka!!!
Trevor Anderson 2014-08-30 04:26:55 AM
Too many rights and no responsibilities
Trevor Anderson 2014-08-30 04:27:17 AM
Too many rights and no responsibilities
Andrew Riddin 2014-08-30 08:36:40 AM
This coming from people who organised the student rampage through Joburg not too long ago...
Elsabe Van Niekerk Harrison 2014-08-30 10:42:01 AM
Obvious comments from people who do not teach, whose kids are not subjected to those conditions and who do not have to teach under those circumstances! It is way past the time for being nice about this very critical issue, long overdue! Immediate intervention is necessary! Our kids do not receive the quality education which the Constitution brags they are entitled to! Time to put your money where your mouth is! And fix those false reports
Velaphi Msimang 2014-08-31 02:38:23 PM
U don't have 2 like COSAS 2 agree with them. It is self-centered 2 sacrifice children's future for any reason.