Motlanthe concerned about education

2010-11-29 14:17

Johannesburg - Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe expressed concern about flaws in the education system on Monday, saying the government was working on an improvement plan.

"Challenges in the education sector in our country are well-documented... we continue to have backlogs in infrastructure and facilities, such as classrooms, laboratories, libraries and sporting amenities," he told a business breakfast hosted by the International Marketing Council of South Africa in Johannesburg.

Motlanthe said the new curriculum introduced by the government was aimed at preparing children for post-school life and work.

"One of the tasks of improving the quality of our education remains the need to improve the capacity of educators," he said.

Motlanthe said it was important for the government to develop social partnerships and support initiatives that improved the functioning of schools.

He said among the key concerns were adult education programmes that were "seriously lagging behind" and students failing to complete their studies due to a lack of money.

"Funding, such as bursaries and scholarships for promising but needy students is a matter of critical importance for our country," said Motlanthe.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga spoke at the same event, saying it was possible to improve education outcomes both in the short- and long-term.

Her deputy, Enver Surty, said there were still hundreds of schools without water and sanitation, and schools that were unsafe for children. Yet, he said, some of the poorest schools in the country continued to produce good matric results.

Education director general Bobby Soobrayan said the department's action plan for 2014 took all of these problems into account.

The plan also addressed students' poor performance in maths and science, and suggested more regular external exams in an attempt to lift standards.

  • MaLemmer - 2010-11-29 14:44

    It is this "improvement plan" that worries me. They messed up the last "plan", so what's new? What has been learned?

      MasterMind - 2010-11-29 16:15

      Gardening & dishwashing will be subjects in the new curriculum, cos not even the doffest of the doff could stuff those up !!!

      U1 - 2010-11-30 07:57

      It must be that one of their buds has seen an opportunity to make money. Education is the foundation of a country. A poor educational system gives poor citizens. By closing the teachers colleges, and increasing the teacher / pupil ratio, they achieved the plan of destroying the foundation of our country. There is a good reason why you need p[eople with education too lead a country. When you have a paluka as minister of education, what can you expect? The lack of a propper educational plan is one of the reasons I believe it will be a very very very long time before SA will improve. If they change things today, it will be at least 12 years before they will see results, and then another 3 - 4 years to get the graduates and then another 15 years for them to get the experience needed to know what they are doing. Another 2 generations gone. To shortcut this , people emmigrate and put their children immediately 30 years ahead of the SA equivalent. And just think what damage the anc is likely to inflict on the citizens of SA over the next 30 years, judging by the past 15 years. :0

  • Troopers - 2010-11-29 14:54

    He starts with schools, but then jump to adult education. Which one is to be addressed the school sector or the universities? As far as I know we have poor educators as most of the best professors and other academics left the country. Even Zimbabwe's system is an improvement on ours!!

  • Serias - 2010-11-29 15:10

    The new government after 1994 came in and changed everything that was working purely because it was seen as "apartheid systems". Thus all the Teacher's Colleges were closed that trained professional teachers. The same with the Nurse's Colleges and the institutions that trained the skilled artisans. All they had to do was make these facilities available to the "previous disadvantaged" so that they could also be exposed to quality training. But no, they were seen as creations of the apartheid regime and shut down. Now look at the state of education and health services in the country. A direct result of egotistical decisions.

      Perisher - 2010-11-29 15:29


  • ArtGee - 2010-11-29 15:25

    17 Years on and ONE PERSON wakes up and REALISES EDUCATION is IMPORTANT! Must be the LACK of EDUCATION that the previous ones in power did not react to this fact!

      shortcut - 2010-11-29 16:19

      Yes, finally after all these years someone finally realises there is a problem. How are the previous ministers going to be punished for creating this mess?

  • bill - 2010-11-29 15:36

    Just get the teachers to arrive on time and cut down on absenteeism.

  • Wow! - 2010-11-29 16:00

    .......infrastructure facilities, And incompetent, unionised teachers who cannot teach because they were a part of protest past and you can't pull out what was not put in.

  • piet.strydom - 2010-11-29 17:49

    In 1993 equal numbers of black and white students were studying at tertiary education systems....

  • BigMoose - 2010-11-29 18:07

    If they carry on like this, the learners won't know the alphabet, so they won't know what an X is and they won't be able to spell ANC. Seeing as our president has a junior certificate in "Herdboy" that's hardly surprising that education means little to the masses.

  • James - 2010-11-29 18:21

    Mr Deputy President its worth getting worried with an abuse of opportunity at our youth's dispossal. The are more universities not only in the region than they used to be when most of our current leaders got educated. People have access to schools of choice all over at a stone throw from their residents. Southern Africa Nationalism was born at the then only black university Fort Hare. Today we have univesrties in almost every big township both full time and part-time. However the quality sucks as many years of schooling are spend to yield very low working quality graduates I would rather be a std (6) like the President or Mbalula than going to these useles institutions in our country

  • dougmayger - 2010-11-29 22:17

    Somebody commented earlier; "If the Govt could be as successful" as Charterhouse, we would not have any problems. Seems the best brains are kept "out of Govt." Shows that the Pres & Deputy know how to keep the bread buttered (on both sides - eating it is slippery)

  • widebluecraig - 2010-12-01 09:16

    Go back to sleep ANC - it can wait another 20 years.

  • widebluecraig - 2010-12-01 09:17

    Go back to sleep ANC what difference will another lost generation make?

  • AJ - 2010-12-01 14:31

    What remarkable insight! It's like having your finger on the pulse of a patient who had the serious accident ten years ago and has since expired. You're too late..

  • Ash.187 - 2010-12-01 14:52

    Less yada yada, more results! Pls!!!

  • Sadness - 2010-12-02 12:22

    He should be s#'t scared if he bother to look at the comments of SADTU

  • Marvelous - 2010-12-10 21:06

    The ANC is gonna be in power till the second coming so they dont feel that they need to rush things!. In the meantime they are screwing up young lives as 500 000 useless matriculants ( mainly from the black gov schools) come onto the job market every year and end up unemployed. Their dreams smashed! they slowly realise that their lives are ruined and then resort to crime! Go ANC. Lets see what your NEW new REVISED revised National curriculum F Up looks like! Its not the "eurocentric" curriculum that was at fault. It's the "lets try and get booked off sick for a month" mentality of the Black teachers that is at fault. The lack of discipline in Black schools, the SADTU teachers' "lets sing and dance instead of working for 3 weeks attitude..The "screw you" attitude of Black learners..our learners emulating the crass materialism of our stupid "leaders"..Dumbing down our exams until everyone passes..creating the impression that everyone has a right to lie around at varsity doing a B.A in Public Admin... Get back to basics. Reading, writing and Arithmetic..get teachers in school by 7.45am..(SHOCKING CONCEPT!!) lock out learners after 8.00am. Expel the rubbish!

  • Johann - 2010-12-24 15:59

    the big picture! keep the masses stupid, and you will get the vote!anc policy.

  • feppie - 2010-12-24 17:08

    @ Mr Motlanthe : I would like to hasten a few comments. The Education System is not suffering from a few "flaws"; your party's system of OBE is FLAWED. You no doubt remember that for the past ten years, we saw regular changes including ditching it's name, but in essence we still sit with OBE! You will also remember that your party commissioned a high level investigation into the state of school education. The central outcome and recommendation was that OBE be ditched. But while mr.Kader Asmal was keen on doing so, the cabinet rebuked him and ultimately got rid of him! For the past 25 years I am teaching at a so-called coloured high school on the Cape Flats. It is sad to say that the "products" of our new system are demotivated teachers and pupils who can't write nor read. Listen to this: From 95 onwards, we were "re-trained" to see our kids as LEARNERS! Beginning of this(2010) year, the department "re-trained" us teachers that we actually have pupils in our class! And while we told we are EDUCATORS, it was discovered that we were TEACHERS all along! Who are we kidding! Mr Motlanthe, if you are serious, do the honorable thing: Accept that your party cost us another lost generation and go back to the blackboard.

      TamaraSays - 2011-06-25 22:47

      I've said it before, and I will say it again: success starts in the mind. If we can teach people understanding and insight, and how to apply them, if we can teach them the very basics, so that they understand how life and the world works, we will have a nation of people ready to start building.

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