UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

DISCIPLINED STUDENTS NEEDED

STATEMENT ISSUED BY MTUTUZELI MBADI, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR EDUCATION

The UDM expresses its grave concerns at issues raised by the Congress of the South African Students (COSAS) over the weekend. It seems that COSAS is caught in a time warp, still stuck with tactics and politics that belong to the past.

During its congress COSAS’ newly elected leader, Julius Malema, said that he would formally propose to his organisation that the threat to occupy private and Model C schools be reconsidered so as to fulfil this threat.

The time has come for COSAS to sit down and redefine their role and contribution in a positive way. After liberation the nation was promised education – COSAS has a responsibility in ensuring that that happens.

The UDM’s policy slogan on education is “World class people for a world class nation through world class education.” The UDM also encourages high educator morale and professionalism. The UDM thus calls on students to be disciplined and that student bodies and educator unions, alike, get involved in actively participating in social responsibility programs. In doing so, students and educators would be able to channel joint resources and manpower towards attaining social upliftment.

The UDM calls on COSAS to actively get involved in positively influencing the curriculum on such issues such as HIV/AIDS education, and projects aimed at empowering every student in South Africa with a better education and hence a brighter future.

The UDM also expresses its concern at the decay of the culture of learning that needs to be addressed in order to attain positive economic and social growth in South Africa. The UDM thus calls for greatly needed disciplined students as role models of the future of South Africa.

Enquiries:
Prof Mtutuzeli Mbadi, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Education

Cape Town
07 May 2001