Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Community schools march for school libraries

By Nomava Nobumba and Khanyisa Tabata
22 September 2009

Thousands of learners around Cape Flats have marched from Salt River to City Hall today, to hand their petition to Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga.

Learners from Khayelitsha, Mitchells’ Plain, Kraaifontein and the surrounding areas are protesting for school libraries.

They want the Education Department to build libraries in the school premises claiming that public libraries are full and too far away from them.

“Public libraries are not safe as they are too far away from our homes and you also need to apply for access card to access the internet,” said Veliswa Mathibe from Masibambane High school in Kraaifontein.

Student Representative Luthando Nkulati from Bulumko High school in Khayelitsha says they want government to give all students the same education.

The students are represented by Equal Education, the organisation that fights for the student’s rights.

Co-ordinator of this organisation Lukhanyo Mangona says on their petition they want government to legislate their demand.

Traffic on Victoria Road in the direction of the CBD is slow moving.


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