2000

UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE


CU
RRICULUM 2005

MEDIA STATEMENT ISSUED BY SAM DE BEER, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR EDUCATION

The findings of the committee set up by Education Minister, Prof Kader Asmal, to review Curriculum 2005, highlights the tragic consequences of hasty decisions taken by the ANC government. Such unwise actions seriously affect crucial issues; issues like the education and future of South Africa' s children.

Minister Asmal's move to review this issue is welcomed by the UDM; however, we heed the Minister not to fall into the same trap and rush this new process to make another grievous error with our children's future. The previous Education Minister's apparent reasoning behind the introduction of Curriculum 2005 in 1997 was, that under the previous system, learners of different race groups did not get the same quality of education. Instead, it seems, only valuable education time and money were lost; and little gained.

The phasing in of Curriculum 2005 cost Government millions. South Africa cannot afford blunders of this magnitude - we have to manage our meagre resources with care.  Proper consultation and careful planning is needed so that this unfortunate situation is not repeated. The UDM urges the Minister, when he starts this new process, to consult with all role-players in order for them to play a valuable role in creating a workable system.

The importance of education for assuring all South Africans a world-class future is non-negotiable.  Handle it with care!

Enquiries:
Sam de Beer, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Education

Cape Town
01 June 2000