News clipping – iol online – 19 September 2010

Gauteng teachers may not derail exams – Judge

The Johannesburg Labour Court on Sunday ruled that any disruption of the matric preliminary exams was prohibited in Gauteng, the Provincial Education Department said. It further prohibited teachers from protesting without giving a seven-day notice period, spokesperson Charles Phalane said.

The Department sought an urgent interdict because it felt the preliminary examination was being threatened. Phalane said the withdrawal of educators participating in the matric recovery programme and informal threats of school disruptions were some of the reasons behind their legal bid. The Department wanted to protect preliminary exam centres, matric recovery sites and prevent mass meetings during school time.

Last week, about five Gauteng schools were disrupted when learners protested against writing the exams. One learner was arrested for throwing water into an exam centre. He was released after being ordered to clean up his mess.

Sixty-four other learners were arrested in violent protests in the Free State and the North West. - Sapa