The Young Communist League (YCL), the Congress of South African Students (Cosas) and the South African Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu) yesterday launched the Joe Slovo Right to Learn Campaign, an initiative to encourage a smooth start to the school year.
The campaign will concentrate on three pillars: closing shebeens located within 100 metres of schools, ensuring the implementation of the no-fee schools policy and the early delivery of pupils' stationery to schools.
Addressing the media in Braamfontein yesterday, YCL secretary-general Buti Manamela, pictured right, said the earlier the problems in the education system were solved the better because it would mean the only challenge left would be to produce better results.
One of the main problems every year is the late delivery of books and stationery.
"One of the causes of the low matric pass rate last year was the late delivery of stationery to schools. There were schools that didn't receive any at all," Manamela said.
The league also argued that alcohol and drugs influence violence in schools.
It has called on the department to close down any shebeens or liquor stores near schools.
"Should the government fail to do so we will mobilise the members of communities, teachers and parents and we will personally see to it that they are closed down," Manamela said.