Rustenburg – Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has called on parents, seeking admission for their children, not to threaten officials with violence.
“We are aware that our district offices are pressured with parents who seek assistance on late applications, and those who are unhappy with schools they were offered,” Lesufi said on Thursday.
“Our officials are working tirelessly to assist all parents. We also wish to appeal to the public not to threaten officials with violence, it is really unfair to them,” added Lesufi.
He said less than 596 Grade one and eight pupils were currently in the process of being placed at schools in the province.
While parents elsewhere in Gauteng were seeking admission for their children, in Orange Farm, classes were disrupted on Thursday, at a school catering for pupils with special needs.
Some community members allegedly barred pupils and teachers from entering the Duzenendlela School, demanding that the school be converted into a mainstream school, as well as claiming that the school excludes some pupils.
The community members also demanded jobs and tenders from the school, accusing the school governing body (SGB) of appointing people outside the community.
Duzenendlela is one of the few schools that teaches pupils with special needs.
“We condemn this disruption and strongly believe that is propelled by some community members’ selfish acts – which deprive the most vulnerable pupils of the right to education.
“We have invested in improving and opening more schools for pupils with special needs to reduce the waiting list and, as such, it is unfair for people to disrupt such a school – and even go to an extent of demanding that it must be changed to be a mainstream school. In contrast, the community should be calling for the opening of more such schools,” said Lesufi.