Harold McGluwa, MPL
DA Provincial Chairperson
The Democratic Alliance (DA) welcomes the catch-up plan announced by the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, for schools affected by the recent violent service delivery protests in the John Taolo Gaetsewe District.
The DA believes the measures announced by the Basic Education Ministry will give learners who had been disadvantaged by the violence that had prevented them from accessing their basic right to an education, a chance to focus on their education. The Department of Basic Education’s catch-up plan will see the suspension of the school holidays for schools which resumed class last week, and for all 64 schools in the Olifantshoek and Kuruman area to sit for exams pushed back to December, instead of November.
The DA calls on the Northern Cape Provincial Government to enact its Constitutional duty to provide for the safety and security of learners and community members in the affected areas. I had recently visited the John Taolo Gaetsewe District, which falls under my constituency, and concerned parents and community members had indicated there was still a palpable climate of fear and intimidation.
The DA believes in the right for all residents to live in safe communities, and is encouraging all community members in the affected areas to join hands with the South African Police Services and the Department of Education to ensure resumed schooling in the area is not derailed, and that all learners and residents remain safe.
Indeed the future and destiny of the learners is the responsibility of the government.