Lessons at about 15 secondary schools in the northern areas of Port Elizabeth will ground to a halt today as pupils, teachers, parents, religious leaders and civil society take part in a march to protest against the department of education’s delay in appointing non-teaching staff at schools.
Non-teaching refers to support staff which include secretaries, administrators and those in the human resource and supply chain departments.
Grahamstown High Court, Judge Clive Plaskett, reached an out-of-court settlement with departmental representatives last week that 2012 post provisioning should be settled within three months. Plaskett is yet to hand his final judgement on the matter. The march today will be led by the Bethelsdorp School Governing Body Unit. It will depart from the Gelvandale Track at 9am, and move via Standford Road to the city hall.
A petition will then be handed over to the Nelson Mandela Bay mayor, Zanoxolo Wayile.
The Legal Resource Centre in Grahamstown is calling on civil society and the broader Port Elizabeth community to support the march.
“It is time for all South Africans to join hands and demand equal education for all. We need to speak out against the on-going infringements to the right to education on behalf of our children, our neighbour’s child and the person in the street’s child,” said Neville Goldman of Bethelsdorp SGB Unit.
Article source: http://www.thenewage.co.za/58066-1016-53-Lessons_stop_for_march