Cosatu slams DA

2012-03-24 00:00

DEMOCRATIC Alliance leader Helen Zille and struggle heroine and academic Dr Mamphela Ramphele were sharply attacked at a policy congress of the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) in Gauteng yesterday.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga criticised Ramphele for her comments that the country’s education was now worse than during apartheid.

Ramphele, addressing the sixth annual Solomon Mahlangu Lecture at the University of Johannesburg, said: “Maths literacy … what is that? It’s worse than the arithmetic I did under Bantu education.” She criticised the matric pass rate, saying it was deceptive, consigning thousands to a life that promised neither further education nor jobs.

She also lashed out at the 30% pass benchmark, saying it degraded education standards and was used for political purposes.

Motshekga said the government had made great progress and she would not accept such criticism. She, too, was a product of Bantu edcation and had to stand in long queues for books. Children whose parents didn’t work were sent home, she added.

Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini attacked Zille for having said President Jacob Zuma had praised Sadtu while its members were striking in the Eastern Cape.

He accused the DA of trying to reverse the achievements under democracy, and said it had been exposed as right-wing opportunist opposition aiming to protect the privileges of whites.

Rampele and the DA “have the same agenda. And this is to spit in the face of democracy,” said Dlamini.

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