CEM Consider strong action against ongoing disruptions of schools

The council of education ministers(CEM), led by the minister of
basic education; Mrs. Angie Motshekga held a meetingĀ  Discussing
the developments recorded since the second disapproval of learners returned to
school around the country on the 06 July 2020.
The CEM ensured that schooling would resume with great progress, the learners would
be received well and many schools would be organized with enough sanitation, health
and safety measures to welcome the learners.
It also reported that the CEM was disappointed and dismayed by the ongoing sporadic
attempt by the political and civil organizations to disrupt learning at some schools
around the country. These organizations had lost in court and now they were resorting
to disruptive behavior to achieve their intended purpose.
The CEM appealed to all the organization to rather engage with their own usual
platforms and stop disrupting their centers of learning and teaching, because political
ballgame does not belong in school.
The CEM further said it was regrettable that leaders would choose schools as a place of
political posturing while the department of basic education is working on creating a safe
environment for learning and teaching under the covid19 pandemic.
Minister Motshekga said: “failure to desist from these regrettable acts will leave us no
choice but to exercise our options as per the dictates of the South African school act
(no.84 of 1996), to make sure we protect our schools, educators, learners and the rights
and interests of parents who wish to take their children back to school.”
She further said that these organizations have neglected to recognize the effort of the
department in providing alternatives to parents who fear wish not to return their children
to school.
The department has agreed to provide home education by the South African school act.
This would be accessed by applying to provincial education departments.It was concluded by urging all aggrieved organization not to interfere with the right of
those parents wishing to send their children to school.

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