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Motshekga 'lacks accountability'

27 July 2012, 12:33

The Ministry Basis Education under Angie Motshekga lacks accountability and responsibility.

The Congress of the People Youth Movement is concerned about the lack of accountability and responsibility by the ANC led Government, heads of departments, Limpopo MEC for Education and Minister of Education in the handling of the ‘Textbook Saga’ in the Limpopo Province but instead they have resorted shifting the blame from one person to the other.

The Textbook Saga is a stinking embarrassment to South Africa and Our democracy. The fact that huge sums of taxpayers’ money are allocated yearly to the Education ministry, by the Minister of Finance, and then have no accountability in the Ministry of Education is totally deplorable. What makes matters worse and more of a shaggy do story is the fact that more of the taxpayers’ money is being wasted by the employment of four independent commissions from four different government departments, to investigate one saga that could have otherwise being solved by the Education Administrators taking the responsibility of the entire mess. Today, the Public Protector Adv. Thuli Madonsela said she will be joining in on the matter to investigate the matter further.

If newspaper reports are correct that 70% or 3174 out of 4529 Grade 10 pupils in Limpopo failed the grade in the June 2012 exams because of incompetence by the Basic Department of Education to do the basics and deliver the appropriate textbooks on time for the schooling, then we as South Africans should be worried. South Africans should be concerned by the level of Educations the children of this country are getting. We should be concerned with the Education progress of these children as they progress with their education in the current system that cares less about them.

The Minister of Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has continuously shifted the blame from one official to another to even school principals for the mess she knew about from the beginning. The Minister was told if the difficulties the Department of Education in Limpopo was facing and she had the power and authority to turn things around from last year already but she resorted to sit back and watch the crisis spiral out of control so that she can play her blame shifting game.

In other democratic countries, the Minister would have resigned and apologized to the nation for failing to carry out her duties and ensuring that the standard of Education is improved and maintained. This is the reason why we, the Congress of the People Youth Movement, are requesting the President of South Africa, JG Zuma to exercise his given power and remove the Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga from her position as she has disgraced her post and became an embarrassment to the Education Ministry.

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Bongani Mahlangu

The Congress of the People Youth Movement

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