Response lacks neither surprise nor credibility

2016-06-23 06:00

DR Peltz’s reaction to my previous response (Don’t express allegations, 16 June) lacks neither surprise nor credibility. With her outpouring of confusing statistics, statements and vitriol, she continues in the same refrain of absurd utterances and insults. Her blinded fixation and her eagerness to attack the ANC and government causes her to miss the point of the argument by a mile.

To seek context to my last correspondence, it was stated that it odious to generalise about South Africa’s children.

Simpler still, it was stated that it is wrong to be judgemental.

Even in the remote instance of a 99% failure rate among learners there can be no justification to label all our children as failures. The 1% don’t deserve to be painted with the same brush. But Peltz labelled all of South Africa’s children’s as “abysmally ignorant” and “utterly stupid”.

Admittedly, there are some major challenges embedded our educational system which must be rectified as a matter of urgency. However, that should provide no validation for the expressed crudity and insults.

It is ludicrous to substantiate an argument with the statistic that South Africa­ ranks “30 out of 34 internationally”.

How can that be an acceptable international ranking when there are 196 countries in the world?

Peltz provides significant meaning to the adage that “there are lies, damn lies and statistics”.

In her response Peltz loses sound on her fabrications made against the

“Expropriation Bill of 2016”. She clearly amplified, and falsely so, that our government was about to expropriated land without compensation.

Now that she is more schooled on the matter, it would have been appropriate­ to have corrected her misrepresentation and apologised for her deliberate distortions.

I trust this correspondence clarifies my view and any further confusion of a fairly simple matter.

Ronnie Nair

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