Close schools -MPs
LOBAMBA – Members of Parliament have suggested that schools be indefinitely closed to protect pupils from abuse and possible harm as there is no supervision in schools.
The MPs said this in the House of Assembly during the debate of a motion calling upon Minister of Education and Training Wilson Future Ntshangase to explain the situation regarding the strike action.
The motion was moved by Mtfongwaneni MP Patrick Gamedze on Standing Order 58 during yesterday’s special sitting.
Gamedze said the nation may assume that MPs are silent ‘while the country is going to the gutter’.
He said he would have appreciated if the acting Prime Minister, Senator Themba Masuku, was the one to respond to the motion.
However, Masuku left the House saying he was going to the airport to meet a distinguished guest.
"We cannot be silent when all that we get is an order from the minister of Education that we should keep sending children to school.ã€€ The children do not learn anything there because there are no teachers," he said.
Motshane MP, Robert Magongo wondered why it was necessary to send children to schools under the circumstances.
"These teachers do not listen to Makhalemphi (Education minister) any more. They need to hear the PM. If the PM also fails then we must just allow the teachers to go to Lozitha," he said.
Lugongolweni MP Joseph Souza asked: "Why is the minister failing to close the schools while a solution is sought. These pupils are doing absolutely nothing in the schools. Just close the schools and ask for a time frame within which to come up with a solution," he said.
Minister Ntshangase asked for some time to compile responses to the motion and report to the House at a later stage. The teachers are striking for a 4.5 per cent salary increment. They have dubbed the strike ‘Waya Waya’.
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