One of the biggest stories is the first day back at school for many students, parents and teachers. The first day back saw protest action outside of Hoërskool Overvaal where ANC and EFF protesters took to burning tires, and threatening to shut down the school if English and other African languages aren’t taught.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga commented on the issue by saying that people should not take the law into their own hands. She adds that we're always confronted with similar issues but we’re able to resolve them peacefully.
I am condemning everyone who participated in the protest, including ANC members says Motshekga.
They can protest peacefully but they should not burn tires and bring violence into our schools.— Angie Motshekga, Basic Education Minister
Motshekga says that schools are simply a reflection of society, if there is racial tension in our communities, then they are likely to impact us.
These problems will always be there as they are part of South Africa’s history says Motshekga. She adds that we cannot wish them away so we need to constructively resolve them in a peaceful way.
Motshekga says that from the reports she has received, the biggest challenge they thought they would have is admission in urban areas. She adds that the MEC and his team are dealing with questions of late admissions and conflicts well.
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