Media release

Government condemns disruption of schooling during protests

23 October 2013

23 October 2013

Government has observed a continuing trend of public protests that disrupt schooling in various communities and wishes to condemn such actions with the contempt they deserve.

Government calls on all South Africans to unite in protecting the children’s rights to education.

Acting GCIS CEO, Phumla Williams said, “Whilst every citizen has the constitutional right to protest, it must be done within the ambit of the law and not infringe the rights of children to education. Education is a fundamental human right that promotes individual empowerment and yields important development benefits. 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”.

Government has put in place several policies and legislation towards the realisation of the rights to education.

“We commend those communities that have taken steps to ensure that schooling is not disrupted, despite their continued protests. This will contribute immensely to the smooth running of the year-end examinations. Government also takes this opportunity to wish the 2013 matric candidates the best of luck as they prepare for the exams that are starting on Monday next week,” said Williams.

Government has reiterated its commitment to ensuring a stable environment during the examinations period.

Phumla Williams
Cell: 083 501 0139

Issued by: Government Communication and Information System (GCIS)

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