News24.com – 21 September 2010
Cosas urges teachers to volunteer
The Congress of South African Students (Cosas) urged teachers to give voluntary lessons during the school holidays.
According to a recovery plan devised by Cosas, pupils from Grade 1 to 12 should arrive at school at 07.00 and leave at 16.00 daily. During weekends, Grade 12 pupils should be taught between 08.00 and 13.00.
Shezi said they had called on the national education department to postpone final exams to the first week of November. They are scheduled to begin on October 25th.
Last week the organization said pupils were not prepared to take their preliminary matric exams, which count for 25% of the total annual mark, following the almost month-long strike by teachers and other civil servants. They said they were ill prepared.
The youth body’s demands had seen the writing of preliminaries in the past week disrupted countrywide. Children in some provinces had become violent and intimidated their classmates.
Shezi said the preliminary exam strike had been suspended. Cosas chairperson in KwaZulu-Natal Andile Mkhize said the recovery plan was being implemented.
Shezi said only the Eastern Cape, Free State, KZN and North Cape had a recovery plan.
South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) provincial secretary Mbuyiseni Mathonsi said no Sadtu member would teach without being paid.
KZN education department spokesperson Mbali Thusi said schools had been told to use their discretion on whether to close for the September holidays.
Thusi declined to comment on payment of educators during school holidays saying it was a matter for the national department. - Sapa