Ramphele criticises govt over textbooks

By Drum Digital
30 July 2012

A former anti-apartheid activist has criticised government over its failure to deliver textbooks and its handling of education as a whole, the Star reported on Monday.

"There's no excuse why any child anywhere should not have textbooks, let alone thousands upon thousands of children whose futures are being destroyed on our watch," Mamphela Ramphele said at a speech at the Educational Management Association conference at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Ramphele added that she could not understand why no one had been fired over the textbook crisis or why more ordinary citizens were not protesting against the poor education of students.

She argued that some of South Africa's leaders did not have the credentials to be in government. Ramphele compared the country unfavourably to Asian nations who she said appointed experts as ministers.

"Look at us. Give me a profile of our cabinet and tell me whether or not the capacity to intervene and direct is there. You can't even deliver textbooks," Ramphele said.

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