Letters 17.1.2018 02:57 pm

‘One gatvol Mama’ wonders why Panyaza Lesufi is not fixing township schooling system

‘You are about black this, black that, but fight for future generations to be taught by our oppressors in their foreign languages and thus perpetuating this destruction of black identity.’

With the first official day of the school calendar under way, one parent has written a volley of an open letter to Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi asking why suburban schools continue to be prioritised to the detriment of township schools.

‘One gatvol Mama’ wonders why Panyaza Lesufi is not fixing township schooling system
‘One gatvol Mama’ wonders why Panyaza Lesufi is not fixing township schooling system

‘One gatvol Mama’ wonders why Panyaza Lesufi is not fixing township schooling system

‘You are about black this, black that, but fight for future generations to be taught by our oppressors in their foreign languages and thus perpetuating this destruction of black identity.’

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