Govt condemns disruption of schooling during protests

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Pretoria - Government has condemned the disruption of schooling during protests, and has called on all South Africans to unite in protecting children’s right to education.

Reacting to reports of schooling being disrupted in various communities during public protests, acting Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) CEO Phumla Williams said protests must be done within the ambit of the law and not infringe the rights of children to education.

“The infringement of this right puts the future of our children in jeopardy, as education is a powerful tool by which they can participate fully as citizens. We therefore urge communities to be vigilant in countering all forms of protest that deny children their right to education,” said Williams.

Williams said government has put in place several policies and legislation towards the realisation of the right to education.

“We commend those communities that have taken steps to ensure that schooling is not disrupted, despite their continued protests.”

This, she said, would contribute immensely to the smooth running of the year-end examinations.

Meanwhile, Williams wished the 2013 matric candidates the best of luck as they prepare for the exams, which are set to start next week Monday.

Government has reiterated its commitment to ensuring a stable environment during the examination period. – SAnews.gov.za

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