UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION IN DISARRAY

STATEMENT ISSUED BY PROF L. M. MBADI, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR EDUCATION

The Department of Education is in disarray, and at the heart of this confusion are the Minister's strange priorities.

A pilot school census which was conducted throughout 277 schools across SA in July, indicates, amongst other facts, that a quarter of the grade sevens are 15 years or older. This means that these children have failed at least two years of primary school. Furthermore, the crime against teachers and students, sexual harassment against both students and teachers and the complexities surrounding the effect on the education sector of HIV/AIDS is equally distressing.

The UDM urges the Minister of Education to implement effective programmes that address important issues surrounding education in SA. The Minister of Education must stop dabbling around the age policy issue and move on to issues that are of greater importance, such as the looming strike, safety at school and drug issues.

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

Cape Town
09 October 2001