ANC policy is out of touch

2015-09-23 06:00

ANC policy-makers are often out of touch with reality. They cannot envision that their policies may cause more harm than good, like a surgeon trying to do an organ transplant when the donor and the recipient are incompatible, and the recipient’s body rejects the organ.

It’s all very well to have Utopian deals but implementing them may be an Herculean task.

The ANC sings its slogan “jobs for all”, but its labour policies only stifle job creation. The new visa regulations are counter-productive to job creation and drive away tourists. How could a government, which claims to be so concerned about the high rate of unemployment, do something as stupid as that? Even KZN Premier Senzo Mchunu has complained about the new visa laws.

One of the biggest failures of the ANC has been education. Like a quack who endangers a patient’s life by attempting a complicated organ transplant, the buffoons in the Department of Education liberalised the schools, hastily severed off apartheid education and transplanted the diseased OBE. The outcome was obvious, immediate rejection followed and our education was plunged into the throes of death. Desperate attempts were made to save it with several revisions of the curriculum and all sorts of quack remedies, leaving the patient more sick than before. Teachers and pupils were left bewildered.

What is even more disappointing is that the education officials don’t seem to have learnt their lesson. They now want to introduce Mandarin into our schools to appease the Chinese dragon.

China is South Africa’s biggest trading partner and Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga argues it would be appropriate that our pupils learn the language. But is sucking up to the Chinese more of a priority than sorting out the mess in our education?

Our pupils are already burdened with several indigenous languages and struggle to cope with English. Why burden them with another language, even if it’s optional?

Instead of alleviating the pain and suffering, Motshekga piles more misery on the patient.

ANC policy and reality are often at odds with each other.

T. MARKANDAN

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