Tuesday, January 17, 2023

WCED rebukes political parties to conduct party activities at schools during school hours.

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) has reminded political parties not to conduct party political activities at schools during school hours.

The department says it has noted visits and planned visits to schools in the province by representatives of political parties.

The department has also welcomed donations of stationery made to some schools.

However, politicians are reminded of the South African Schools Act and the Western Cape Provincial School Education Act which prohibit political activities during school hours.

Education MEC, David Maynier, says this includes party campaigning of any kind.

‘’Section 36(4)(b) of the national Act further states that a governing body may not allow any activity on school property that is disruptive to learners or prohibited by the Act. This provision has particular relevance on the first day of school, when learners need to settle into their new classes, and staff have a number of administrative tasks to complete.’’

‘’We appreciate the interest and involvement in our education system. We ask that such involvement falls within the prescripts of national and provincial law, and is not in any way disruptive to our schools,’’ added Maynier.

The MEC has called on parties to put the learners interest first.

‘’Our focus at all times must be on the best interests and wellbeing of learners, and we should allow our schools to start the school year in a calm and positive manner,’’ said, David Maynier, Western Cape’s Education MEC.

 

Done By: Mitchum George

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