STATEMENT ISSUED BY SAM DE BEER, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR EDUCATION
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!
Sam de Beer, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Education
01 June 2000