Nation urged to ‘fix itself’ – Sipho Pityana

2012-12-16 10:00

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»?The decline in our ability to administer the education system is tragic. We failed to merge the previous education systems into one effective, coherent whole.

As an educationist, I feel strongly that education is a national priority. We need to rebuild our administrative capacity to run schools. There is no

universal failure in education in South Africa.

Rather, there is a failure of black education in the country.

Black education is in crisis, in part because we have failed to train quality teachers. This problem is aggravated by the inappropriate type of unionisation that we have in the education sector.

»?We need an independent, anti-corruption agency to restore our faith in public and private institutions in South Africa. When citizens experience a sharp decline in the confidence they place in institutions, then dealing with corruption becomes more difficult.

We have laws that deal with corruption, but when corruption is rampant, respect for the law declines. We need an independent, credible agency to deal with the scourge of corruption in our country. It can work with the existing organisations to fight corruption – but it should enjoy the confidence of citizens from all walks of life.

»?He did not answer on HIV/Aids

» On questions four to seven: The National Development Plan is the starting point of an important national dialogue on development, whatever one may think of it. It may sound like the ambition of reducing poverty to 6% by 2030 is a tall order, but it is doable.

We need to rethink our policy framework and craft a realisable vision for ourselves. Our ability to achieve this will be determined by whether we achieve greater social cohesion. We need to create stronger relationships between sectors of society – lest we unravel.

– Pityana is executive chairperson of Izingwe Capital Ltd, and adviser to the ministry of education

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