Communities of Sedibeng march for basic services

Tuesday 13 September 2005 by Dale

Education is our right as communities!

The communities of Sedibeng will embark on a march on Tuesday 6th September @ 8am from Muvhango Extension 14 Taxi Rank in Bophelong (Vaal)

The march will proceed to all the schools in Bophelong and finally to the Department of Education (DOE) District 8 offices in Vanderbjil Park. Thousands of marchers are expected to attend, led by the Thuto Senotlolo Sa Bohle Educational Centre (TSEBO), and will include ABET practitioners, parents and learners from the Bophelong Boipatong, Kanana, Sebokeng, Bekkersdal and Freedom Park communities - all of whom will be taking forward their grievances to the DOE.

Those grievances, which will be presented to the DOE in the form of a memorandum include:

• the refusal by the DOE to recognize the TSEBO Educational Centre by the Department of Education and to integrate the activities of the Centre into mainstream educational processes . • the DOE’s consistent failure to live up to the spirit and letter of both the Constitution and the South African Schools Act - namely, that education and public schools should be accessible to all the people and that education is a right and not a privilege. • the refusal by local, public School Governing Bodies to avail their premises and equipment to be utilized by the community in relation to Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET) and other related educational needs (e.g. computers provided by the Gauteng On Line Project).

Further, the Sedibeng communities demand the following:

1 The immediate recognition of our Adult Education Centre by the Department of Education (District, Provincial and National). 2 The integration of community educational practitioners into the Department’s programs and processes, along with adequate remuneration. 3 The Principals and Governing Bodies should with immediate effect avail their premises and equipment to be utilized by our Centre and our communities. 4 An immediate halt to the opportunistic and corrupt use of our educational institutions by some individuals for their personal and material gain - something that can only be achieved by putting an end to the effective privatisation of institutions of learning.

For further information and/or comment, contact:

Spokesperson - Thandekile Dodo on 084 7638 929

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