By: Sivuyile S. Sesi
Being passionate for the cause is what is happening between Democratic Alliance (DA) and Equal Education (EE). They are in reality in terms of our education than the department thought it would mean less hardwork. With them, especially EE find that government gets away with cheating the nation. From following their engagement and arguments about the state of out education you realize that with in their different approaches in trying to help it, what they bring to the table is real deal.
For government to call grade 12 and grades below as Department of Basic Education still that doesn't mean or explain the poor quality of education they giving our children. Even though the DA leader Helen Zille acknowledges that the Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga is being pressured for her department to account on what in terms of resources she can't deliver on demanded deadlines, it's clear "basic education" is still a big term compared to the condition and quality of service they provide.
When I was a member of Representative Council of Learners (RCL), School Governing Board(SGB), Khayelitsha Student Empowerment Forum (KSEF) and Khayelitsha Education Forum from year 2003 to 2005, to passover the new Outcome Based Education (OBE) to our community and schools the Western Cape Department of Education explained the programme especially Further Education and Training, FET's (grade 10 to 12) as an upgrade to education similar to that of colleges, for learners to come out equipped enough to sell their skills. In reality there seems to be shortfalls for quality standards or outcomes.
I guess in the next government they should change "Basic Education" to another term because they failing the currently used. Which I do not think even in African languages there is an acceptable term for. Blaming it on using English as medium of instruction, as people who send their children to English and Afrikaans speaking schools would politically argue is not the real issue. Even Mamphela Ramphele believes that the state of current education is poorer than that of 1976.
You can tell that basic education is not just an empty term but a real life condition which many of our pupils is just an empty promise the live under. Especially Equal Education on its focus is very helpful in pushing government in making sure that every child gets what he and she deserves.
It's unfair for the children of the poor as government workers especially from the middle class, to be exact, the teachers because government pay them well to send their children to best schools but still at our township schools they providing poor services. To commit to their job they need to be kept accountable.
Well done to the different approaches of DA and EE in sharing light for the people on the realities of our education there is still hope for the children of the poor. For government to realize that their department is for basic education, for Motshekga that still means a lot, for it there still more work needed than the current condition especially for the townships and rural areas. In clear and simple
terms that means delivering the necessary for our children to be able to live or get by. Even if they don't further their studies still have enough to provide for a decent life.
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