Improve education – DA

2015-06-17 06:00

MOHAPI RAMATHIBE, chairperson of the DA in the Free State, has called for improvement in the quality of education to empower youth. He made this call during a debate about the future of South Africa on Youth Day in the Free State Legislature last Thursday (11/06).

He has strongly called on the government to improve the situation in schools in order to achieve tangible results and improve the quality of education in South Africa.

“In the global knowledge economy, success depends on quality education. Those with a quality education can fulfil their potential. Those without it are destined to remain excluded from opportunities and dependent on the state to survive. While spending money on education is important, it is not enough to simply pour money into trying to solve our problems. Capable principals and passionate teachers always in class on time, who know the content of the subjects they teach, as well as good management of schools matter more. Many schools still lack the facilities and resources that enable effective teaching and learning. It is the government’s obligation to ensure that no learner’s educational advancement is prejudiced by the learning environment,” said Ramathibe.

Ramathibe has strongly stressed the urgent need by the government to address trends of wasteful expenditure in all its spheres of government in order to create employment, sustain development and render basic services. His sentiments came in the wake of the Auditor General (AG)’s revelation last Wednesday (10/06) in a damning report that in the Free State municipalities continue failing to obtain clean audits.

Ramathibe emphasised the significance of education in addressing the management crisis crippling Free State municipalities, echoing Nelson Mandela’s call. He said: “The father of our nation, Nelson Mandela, said education is the great engine for personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mineworker can become the head of a mine, when a child of a farm worker can become president of a great nation.”

Ramathibe echoed this sentiment: “Education is a constitutional right, a basic human right, a strategic priority and the best possible vehicle to empower South Africans and to develop our country.”

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