Ehrenreich has a full go at WC government
The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) said it was not convinced by claims from the Western Cape government, that schools in that province were ready for the 2017 academic year.
The Western Cape is a perennial high achiever at the National Senior Certificate examinations, but COSATU'S Tony Ehrenreich thinks those results hide the alleged neglect in the Western Cape's working class communities.
"COSATU is concerned about the desperate state of education in the Western Cape in the working class areas," said Ehrenreich.
"The crisis in schools is reflected in the state of disrepair of so many schools on the Cape Flats. Two schools that have been in the papers recently are the Uitsig School and the Weltevreden School in Mitchells Plain, where the lack of facilities make effective teaching impossible," added Ehrenreich,
He explained that the Matric results did not account for the many pupils in those communities who did not make it to their senior high school year, because the system is broken.
"The Matric results are a poor reflection of the state of schools as the learners would have fallen out of the system in the poorer schools already, where effective education is not taking place.
"So the results really just reflect the schools that are relatively well resourced and where learners have many extra classes. The system must be fixed to ensure that all the schools provide all the learners with the opportunity and the resources to get a proper education. The amount of learners that are falling through the cracks in the school system and not making Matric is unacceptable in the Western Cape.
"The learners at Voorburg Prison have not been provided with transport for them to get to school, by either the Western Cape Education department or the department of Correctional services. This attempt at playing petty politics is threatening the educational future of the learners who were stuck without transport today."
"The restoration of the communities on the cape Flats and the rural areas must be led by the education facilities as the family and church structures are in crisis. But the Government refuses to resource the areas that require the greatest interventions financially, so that effective education is executed. The poorer schools need to be urgently funded and the additional teachers provided to bring down the learner teacher ratio."
"The children from these communities must be given an educational experience that restores their hope in the future. But we see no coherent plan to address the educational and societal challenges by the Provincial education department.
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