LESSON FOR PROF ASMAL
STATEMENT ISSUED BY T.P. MAHLANGU
GENERAL SECRETARY, UNITED DEMOCRATIC STUDENTS' MOVEMENT
is the view of the United Democratic Students' Movement (UDESMO) that the
minister of education, Prof. Kader Asmal, needs to re-evaluate what seems
to be a "spoilt brat" attitude to problem solving. He needs to start
dealing with problems in our education with a more mature, holistic and creative
Challenging a court decision will not provide a policy on the age that
school-ready learners should be at private schools and the suspension of state
subsidies to institutions of education might boost his ego, but will not provide
clear policy on how, when and who should run tertiary institutions.
Perhaps what Prof. Asmal needs is a lesson or two on taking responsible and
creative action towards problem solving. UDESMO congratulates and supports the
action taken by thousands of teachers to prevent a strike that could have dealt
our matriculants a fatal blow.
UDESMO would like to wish all matriculants, learners and students the best of
luck as they face their end of the year examinations.
Mr T.P. Mahlangu
UDESMO General Secretary
072 1581 351
15 October 2001