CONGRESS of South African Students (Cosas) members are allegedly disrupting schooling at Morris Isaacson High School in Soweto because a colleague failed Grade 11.
Classes have been disrupted since schools opened last Wednesday. There’s no telling when the issue will be resolved.
It is understood that the Cosas members are calling for the pupil to be promoted to Grade 12.
DA Gauteng Education spokesman Khume Ramulifho said Cosas members, who were not pupils at the school, would come and disrupt schooling by getting pupils out of the classrooms and making them “uncontrollable”.
“The school called a meeting with the parents at which it was suggested that there be a re-mark (of the pupil’s exam scripts) by an independent party. That was done and he still failed,” Ramulifho said.
Gauteng Department of Education spokesman Charles Phahlane said the department was aware of what was happening at the school and had dispatched an “intervention team” to resolve the problem.
“We have a team out at the school talking to everyone concerned to resolve the matter,” he said.
Phahlane said he could not tell how long this would take.
Ramulifho said the DA applauded the school’s management “for not succumbing to Cosas’s mediocrity and instead adhering to the requirements of performance excellence”.
“The DA believes that each learner must be rewarded for performance, and not on a ‘pass one, pass all’ basis,” he added.
“Successful student leaders lead by example because they manage to balance their activism work and their studies.
“Disrupting other children’s opportunity to learn because of one person is unacceptable,” Ramulifho said.
Cosas president Collen Malatji said the organisation was aware of what was happening, but could not comment on the matter as he was waiting for a full report from the provincial branch.
“We’ve set up a team to investigate the matter… As students, we can’t support any disruption to teaching and learning,” he said.