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School grounds for political campaigns banned

School grounds for political campaigns banned

Zorena Jantze

IN light of the current political activities in the country towards the elections, the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture has warned that no school, under any circumstances, should be used for political gatherings, political campaigning and political fundraising activities.

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Sanet Steenkamp, Executive Director of the Ministry of Education, stated that this also includes learners being addressed on political matters on school grounds.

“The Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture has observed with serious concern the trends of uncoordinated access of groups, and in particular political parties on school premises under the pre-text of motivational talks to learners and teachers. Though we uphold that education is a collective responsibility and nurturing can take many forms, the ministry’s regulations and stance in this respect are very clear,“ Steenkamp stated.

She added that while the education ministry recognises the constitutional human rights of freedom of association, its mandate is to ensure a secure school environment for all.

“Schools are sensitive and secure areas with the ministry having to fulfil a critical role of responsibility for all learners. Leadership and management at regional and school level are hereby urged to safeguard against political activities on school premises,” she said.

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