Zumania’s dark education cloud

2012-07-14 12:50

I am writing this letter seeking help.I am also writing as one of the disgruntled Eastern Cape educators who has been working since January, and has not been paid a cent to date.

I am writing because every time City Press publishes an article – whether it’s construed as positive or negative, defamatory, degrading, anti-black or otherwise – people stand up and listen, they take action for the good of both the nation and affected individuals.

The challenge we are facing in Eastern Cape has been going on since 2010. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga was dispatched to deal with these issues.

Motshekga visited the province, established a task team to resolve everything that wasn’t working well and also to restore the province to where it belongs in terms of the standard of delivery the ANC said it expected.

The challenges were later elevated to President Jacob Zuma’s office after it was established they were too comprehensive for the minister’s liking and understanding. They needed, apparently, someone who could be more decisive.

The president came, set up his task team, listened to our challenges and promised to deal with them.

The province was later put under administration, meaning that all its functions would now be under the national government.

The embattled Eastern Cape education superintendent-general, Modidima Mannya, was fired amid SA Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) protests that saw the ­province obtaining a mere 54% matric pass rate last year.

In came Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi to try and ­resolve the challenges.

A deal was struck where we were told all  “temporal” educators had to report back for duty and that financial ­issues would be addressed.

He left and we were all relieved that finally the nightmare was a thing of the past – only for it to ­resurface just a few days later.

This is the reason why I do not trust the marriage between Cosatu, Sadtu and the ANC.

Nothing concrete ever seems to come of this. As an educator, I love this nation, I am a taxpayer and I voted ANC. But then again, I have a family to take care of.

I am on my knees asking you, City Press, to help us, not only as “temporal” educators, but as South Africans. Also, please help the ANC to come to its senses and do the right thing for the learners.

They are facing a bleak future ­because of the incompetent cadres occupying top offices and because of our president, who doesn’t seem to know when to stand up and stamp his authority.

Instead he will say: “Let’s debate it.” What is to be debated when the provincial ­administration is crumbling? How many people are leaving this ­province for better opportunities because of this incompetence?

Is it not one of the reasons why Western Cape Premier Helen Zille call us “refugees”?

With all this in mind, I don’t see myself voting ANC ever again.

I would rather suffer than give my vote to a populist politician who will emerge and promise us the world while being interested only in family and close friends.

Parents must also come to the party as this affects their children.

I am a young professional who is wise enough to know that crime does not pay – but do we need to go and steal to survive, despite
having decent qualifications?

This reminds me of a newspaper headline after Zuma’s acquittal, which read “Living in Zumania”.

I never thought “living in Zumania” was going to bring such low morale to public servants, let alone South Africans at large. It’s like a darkcloud is hanging over us.

We have indeed made a mistake voting in Zuma as president.

»Mfecane is a temporary teacher


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