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COSATU Secretary-General Zwelinzima Vavi to Launch Equal Education’s Late-Coming Campaign at Chris Hani High School in Khayelitsha

Friday, 4 March 2011

COSATU Secretary-General Zwelinzima Vavi to Launch Equal Education’s Late-Coming Campaign at Chris Hani High School in Khayelitsha

COSATU Secretary-General Zwelinzima Vavi will visit Chris Hani High School in Khayelitsha on Wednesday 2nd March at 7:20am to offer his support to Equal Education leading the campaign. He will also address a special assembly of the learners and teachers of the school.

EE will be launching its Late-Coming Campaign on Tuesday 1st March at schools in and around Khayelitsha. Equal Education recognises that there are many problems within the education system and we must continue to struggle and mobilise ourselves and the communities to address these problems. Being on time is something that many children can manage. By changing habits and using time management strategies, we can fight late coming together.

Equal Education members who are school going children will be outside the gates of their schools at about 7:30am together with their leaders  and community members distributing pamphlets and speaking to other learners about punctuality and its importance in enhancing their education.

The Late-Coming Campaign

Late coming is a serious problem in our schools. Every morning, thousands of learners arrive late for school. Research shows that 20% of teaching time is lost every day in South Africa because of this. Many learners spend hours locked outside the school gates, missing out on valuable class time. Learners who regularly arrive late for school often fall behind in class and get poor results.

The campaign is aimed at reducing the amount of learners who come late to school through cooperation between learners, the school, and EE.  By coming to school on time, learners take responsibility for their education and make sure that they do not lose valuable teaching time. It is in the interest of every school, community and the government that learners are at school on time, all the time.

Door-to-Door In the Community

Equal Education has been conducting a Door-to-Door campaign in and around Khayelitsha to encourage support from high schools, teachers and parents with a very positive reaction from community members.

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