UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

SA'S EDUCATION IN DIRE NEED OF MANAGEMENT CAPACITY

MEDIA STATEMENT ISSUED BY PROF MTUTUZELI MBADI
SPOKESPERSON FOR EDUCATION

The United Democratic Movement is extremely concerned about the state of affairs of the Department of Education.

Reports of Education Minister Kader Asmal visiting schools in the Northern Province and Mpumalanga is encouraging on the one hand, because he shows serious concern for our learners; on the other hand, it is disconcerting that the minister has to go so far and do the work of his sub-ordinates.

This action of the Minister of Education seems to be a confirmation that South Africa's education system is in a state of total disarray.  There exists a vast gap in the management skills on the provincial- and local levels of the Education Department. To compound matters, this severe inadequacy extends to the management of our schools.

The UDM believes that education is a fundamental cornerstone of our vision of South Africa as a world class nation: The future stability and prosperity of South Africa depends on the level and quality of education and skills training that our citizens receive.

Obviously there exists an urgent and vital need for capacity development in the Department of Education. The UDM urges the Minister of Public Service and Administration to consider giving urgent attention to the development of management skills within the Department of Education.

 The UDM would like to remind Government that education is a right that every South African citizen is guaranteed. It is the UDM's belief that all role-players i.e. education authorities, educators, learners, parents, entrepreneurs and unions should take up this challenge facing the education sector, bearing in mind that our children are the future of our nation.

Enquiries:
Prof. Mtutuzeli Mbadi, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Education
082-556-5048

Cape Town
07 August 2001.