Premier Masualle urges parents to allow learning while issues are resolved

JANUARY 28, 2016

Eastern Cape Premier, Pumulo Masaulle, on Wednesday met with his executive council in Bhisho on Wednesday to discuss several issues, including the continued disruption of schooling in the Northern Areas of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro as angry parents, led by  the Northern Areas Education Forum (NAEF) demand that teacher shortages, among other education-related challenges at the schools, be resolved.

The Premier formed a task team to address the demands of the parents but a breakthrough has not yet been made - costing local learners two weeks of schooling. A bad start to the new academic year for local matrics.

After the violent school closures in the area in July last year, also almost for two weeks, the matric pass rate at schools in the area dropped by 20%.

In a statement, provincial government spokesperson, Size Kupelo, said Masaulle had also said he was concerned about disruptions to schooling in the Bhisho community as well as slow service delivery in the area.

"All parties involved are urged to allow the culture of learning and teaching to continue while their complaints are being attended by the provincial government and education department," said Kupelo.

He said they would ensure that all schools appointed permanent principals by March 1.

"Teachers who are on prolonged sick leave have been identified as contributing to the negative developments in the schooling and teaching system. The department has been instructed to take decisive action against those who take sick leave while running private businesses and still remaining on the government's payroll," he said.

Kupelo said despite the allocation of resources, implementation of executive decisions was slow, which had led to a "lack of service delivery".

---additional reporting News24wire

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