Tony Ehrenreich's admission appalling - DA WCape

Cathy Labuschagne
06 March 2012

COSATU provincial leader said there won't be a lot of education happening on day of strike

COSATU's call irresponsible

I am appalled to read of Cosatu's Western Cape General Secretary, Tony Ehrenreich, encouraging teachers, and more worrying - learners, to partake in the planned strike for 7 March 2012. 4 of the 32 marches planned will take place in the Western Cape.

Mr Ehrenreich admitted to the media that "There won't be a lot of education happening on the day of the strike" and that "Kids and students are also welcome to march with", as reported by IOL Online today, 5 March 2012. These statements are irresponsible and not befitting of anyone with the best interest of our learners at heart.

I would like to remind Mr Ehrenreich of the call by President Zuma during his State of the Nation address. He called for "teachers to be in school, in class, on time, teaching for at least seven hours a day" as pivotal to the success of education in South Africa. In the Western Cape, it has been said and enforced that learners should be in class, learning, during school hours. There are strict regulations in place with regard to attending extracurricular events during school time. These are put in place specifically to ensure that any activity during school hours add to the quality of education of the learner. The procedures also aim to ensure the safety of learners whilst not in the school environment.

Cosatu clearly portrays an abandoning of shared understanding that school-time should be respected, a total disregard for procedure and a callous concern for consequences with regards to safety. These actions should be seen as criminal - stealing an education opportunity.

As DA spokesperson for Education in the Western Cape, I urge all teachers to consider the best interest of the learners. Though it is within one's rights to join in the march, even one day of learning lost is one day too many. I urge the Department of Education in the Western Cape, via the districts offices and every principal, to communicate effectively to all learners that their education is the priority on 7 March 2012. I ask the Minister of Education, Donald Grant, to caution those teachers who are planning to join in the marches. No situation of intimidation, towards learners or other teachers, nor damages to property should be tolerated.

Statement issued by Cathy Labuschagne, DA Western Cape spokesperson for Education of Western Cape Provincial Parliament, March 5 2012

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Education frightens ANC and Unions
This is Africa doll. What the President says and what he does are two totally differnt things. He doesn't want an educated populas; they might "think" to challenge him. Read Greg Mills's book "why Africa is poor".
All ANC and union leaders are . .more

by The Clever Native on March 06 2012, 09:01
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don't worry about it
Not much education happens in SADtoo-controlled schools when there ISN'T a strike, so I doubt anyone will notice the difference.

by Realist on March 06 2012, 12:54
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Oh come on, DA!
You expect too much from Fony. You should know he doesn't know any better.

by Pieter Schoombee on March 06 2012, 13:05
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ahoy ......township parents
Take careful note of how the ANC seeks to undermine your children's education

by citizen on March 06 2012, 15:25
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Ms Labuschagne as DA WCape Spokesperson on Education's view on what education is and is not is appa...
May I be so bold as to remind the DA spokesperson for Education that the issue of learning does not begin and end with learning how to read and write. It begins with understanding the world in which one lives and exists - with its historically constructed . .more

by Jacky Thomas on March 06 2012, 18:59
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I think that at this juncture it is abundantly clear that learning to read and write is urgent, while learning to protest in the streets can be deferred until we have caught up with the rest of the developing world in education standards.

"Write . .more

by Anon on March 06 2012, 19:27
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And so say all the students who are at home, unemployed - yet they can read and write
and so say the approximately 80 000 students who could not get into any higher education institution - where people were trampled and 1 woman died after flying into the country to ensure her son gets into the institution !!!!

by Jacky Thomas on March 06 2012, 21:36
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Those students were late applications. All the other students handed in their applications on time. Therefore the University could plan to handle the amount students registering on a specific day. Why so many late applications? Because the marking and . .more

by Anon on March 07 2012, 12:43
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What's up, Anon? :)

by Anon on March 07 2012, 18:16
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for centuries labuschagne and her predecessors treated most of our country's children as non-people, inferior beings and brutally supressed their aspirations and those of their parents. Where does this new found concern for their well-being come from?

by anon on March 08 2012, 21:55
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