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 MOTION ADOPTED BY NTLO YA DIKGOSI ON THE INCLUSION OF EDUCATION SECTOR UNDER ESSENTIAL SERVICES UNDER THE TRADE DISPUTE ACT (CAP 48:02)

 A motion for the inclusion of the Education Sector under the essential services in accordance with the Trade Dispute Act to ensure that the education of children is not disrupted during times of strike  was adopted by the Ntlo ya Dikgosi on the 17th of June 2011.
According to the House, the motion is premised on the recognition of education as a basic children’s right which children should not be denied. Disruption of children’s education as evidenced last year emanating from reluctance of teachers to invigilate school examinations leading to late examination results,  resulting in late commencement of schools which were later on interrupted d by the strike gives reason to the need to protect the teaching service.
The House noted that although the impact of the disruption of education may not be felt immediately, the impact on the economy would manifest itself in the future.  To further illustrate the impact of the strike, the House noted that idle school children begin to engage in unruly behavior. Delinquency sets in which leads to failure to perform well at school. This in turn gives rise to lack of knowledge and skills development, inevitably resulting in poor character, a creation of a poverty prone environment and poor health in the population.

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