|Angie Motshekga - SA Minister of Basic Education (Picture: Beeld)|
Last year September the Federation of Governing Bodies of South African Schools declared that close to 90 percent of the country’s schools were dysfunctional. This shocking revelation sparked off heated debate with new research confirming that while the real number is high the number of dysfunctional schools is closer to 75 percent. [Source] Whatever the case - whether it be 90 or 70 percent, urban or rural, it is quite obvious that the education sector in South Africa is in a complete and utter shambles.
No amount of money is going to fix this crisis, for the more money that gets pumped into the system the more chaotic it gets. It’s all part-and-parcel of the cleverly constructed grand plan of the Communist-Marxists… It is, in fact, nothing but a gutless onslaught on our youth, the future thinkers, planners, and leaders of our country.
The ANC government will, every odd now and then, when their backs are against the wall and when questions are flying in parliament, admit that that there are problems, but 9 out of 10 times apartheid will get the blame. They will NEVER acknowledge the true magnitude of the problem, nor the fact that their own stupid policies and procedures will not work.
The whole principle of Batho Pele (putting people first) is something the ANC will never fully understand, even though it was one of their own political initiatives, and even though glossy Batho Pele posters decorate the walls of all government departments all over the country – with some posters lavishly framed and displayed under spotlights, as if the meaningless words were a masterful work of art.
In February this year it was revealed in parliament that truant teachers were absent for close to 7.5 million days last year (2012). The exact number of days calculated to 7,448,000. Minister Motshekga also mentioned there was "great concern" in her department about teacher accountability - arriving at school on time, and teaching for the full day. See news report: SA teachers set absentee record.
Results from two international benchmarking assessments of science and mathematics, released in December last year, revealed that the overall performance of South African pupils were at rock bottom of the study rankings.
Bullying also emerged as a factor to blame for poor performance of the country's pupils. A study by Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) revealed that at least 55 percent of grade 4 pupils report frequent bullying at primary school - the highest internationally! On a scale of 0 to 1000, pupils tested for English and Afrikaans in grade five achieved a score of 421, described in the PIRLS report as, "the lowest for benchmarking participants." The study was conducted in 49 countries. According to the PIRLS report, 43% of grade 5 pupils in South African schools have not developed the basic skills required for reading at an equivalent international grade 4 level. [Source]
Well, what did they expect in a country infested with uneducated murderous and thieving savages, ruled by a gang of corrupt and incompetent fools?
|Annette Lovemore (DA) Shadow Minister of Basic Education|
"Despite a budget of R17.6 Billion, and a slew of policies, your education system does not work. If you believe it does, I'm afraid you are in denial… Admit failure. Until you do, we will never make the massive changes that are required for this country to succeed."
Annette Lovemore - DA Shadow Minister of Basic Education
Lovemore also challenged Motshekga to "be bold" and aim higher… "You cannot continue to fail our children," she said.
Full news report: Motshekga defends education system (again!)
In the following video Lovemore’s verbal reprisal starts @ 7m:18s. If you do not wish to view the entire video - with Motshekga’s ramblings and all, click here to view on YouTube where the video has been configured to start @ 7m:18s.