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UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

STUDENT INITIATIONS

STATEMENT ISSUED BY PROF MTUTUZELI MBADI, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR EDUCATION

Following the report by the Human Rights Commission on initiation, the UDM welcomes the Department of Education's willingness to prepare a regulatory framework which will be applicable to all schools and tertiary institutions.

These long overdue regulations should however be aimed at corrective measures and not merely the punishment of authority figures. The UDM calls on all heads of education centres, both private and public, to develop a culture of openness and constructive group participation. Therefore we welcome the decision by SA universities to adopt this report. Such programmes must be fun-filled, life-skill developing and friendship building sessions, as opposed to fear traps and even death.

The UDM calls on the Minister of Education to encourage such preventative measures by putting in place a national plan to cultivate nation building amongst learners. The UDM also calls on the Minister of Education to prepare a regulatory framework that will enable students, teachers, lecturers and principals to constructively engage in nation building.

Enquiries:
Prof L. Mtutuzeli Mbadi, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Education

Cape Town
23 October 2001

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