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Cosatu Open Letter to Premier: Closure of Classes at Uitsig Secondary School (Premier sabotaging the future of learners)

24 February 2015

Dear Madam Premier

Please receive correspondence from our offices in relation to the proposed closure of grades 11 and 12 at Uitsig Secondary School.

We were surprised and hurt by your ill considered announcements of the move of grade 11 and 12 learners from Uitsig Secondary during the school year. You knew well in advance that the Principal was leaving and you did nothing to address the challenges this would cause. This will have a destabilising effect on the learners and negatively influence their prospects of success in the 2015 academic year. You already treated the learners at Uitsig Secondary as second class, by giving them inferior resources and facilities at their schools, in relation to the schools that your kids attended.

Now you are quiet about the move, letting the instability you created linger and hoping that the kids would run to other schools to assure them some stability. This is completely unacceptable behaviour and a devious way in which you are trying to achieve your objectives of closing down the school by stealth. It is as if you live in a different world that has no regard for the realities of the Cape Flats. Kids cannot just move between areas or between schools, especially given the gang incidence in the communities, so we want the community schools maintained. The parents of the learners of Uitsig Secondary as well as the Uitsig community have rejected your proposal of relocation with the contempt it deserves.

We also want your response on the request from the learners for the schools to be upgraded urgently, to improve their prospects of success to the same levels as the learners from the schools in Claremont. You are meant to be the first person of the Province who must look out for the interest of all without being bias. Clearly you are the Premier of the wealthy who gives her kids the best now and Cape Flats’ kids get empty promises for somewhere in the distant future while they languish in substandard facilities.

As previously communicated, we demand an answer by the 27th of February 2015, so that our learners can have their futures defended and secured.

Yours Faithfully

Tony Ehrenreich
COSATU Western Cape Provincial Secretary