Cosatu urges pupils to join protest

Cosatu has called on pupils to miss school and take part in their march to Parliament on Wednesday.

Cosatu has called on pupils to miss school and take part in their march to Parliament on Wednesday.

CAPE TOWN - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) in the Western Cape has called on high school learners to stay away from the classroom for several hours on Wednesday amid a nationwide teachers strike.

The South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) will lead a countrywide industrial action which has been labelled as illegal by the Basic Education Department.

The strike is part of a campaign to force Minister Angie Motshekga and her director general to resign.

Cosatu's Mike Louw said, "If we want to improve schooling then we must spend more money in the area where it is required. We think that sacrificing a few hours out of school to raise these issues is important."

Meanwhile, Motshekga has refused to resign saying she has done nothing wrong.

At the same time, Section 27 has revealed that some schools in Limpopo are yet to receive textbooks despite a court order which forces the Ministry to deliver all the required stationery.

Section 27 has threatened to go back to court to force the Ministry to deliver textbooks.