ANC Youth League demands removal of education director

2017-01-18 06:02
Handing over the league's memorandum to KZN DoE Deputy Director General for exams, Dr Barney Mthembu (right) are ANC Youth League secretary Musa Zondi (left) and chairperson Mfanafuthi Ngcobo (middle)after a peaceful march last Wednesday demanding that the district director be removed from her position. Photo: Makhosandile Zulu

Handing over the league's memorandum to KZN DoE Deputy Director General for exams, Dr Barney Mthembu (right) are ANC Youth League secretary Musa Zondi (left) and chairperson Mfanafuthi Ngcobo (middle)after a peaceful march last Wednesday demanding that the district director be removed from her position. Photo: Makhosandile Zulu

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THE ANC Youth League in the Greater KwaDukuza region took to the streets on the first day of school this year in a peaceful march demanding that iLembe District Director for the Department of Education, Thembi Vilakazi, be removed from her position with immediate effect due to the decline in the matric pass rate since 2014.

“The ANCYL has noted the [decline] in the matric results from 72.4% in 2014, again we suffered a huge blow in 2015 by decreasing to 59.2% and in the same trend from bad to worse we dwindled to 52.42%.

“The matric results statistics attests and vindicate­ the ANCYL that the district director is incompetent,” reads the league’s memorandum that was handed to a Department of Education representative.

The memo also stated that schools that did not perform well be assessed immediately and incompetent school principals be removed.

All schools must be provided with quality food and the termination­ of contracts for suppliers who send rotten meals to schools. Also that textbooks must be delivered to all schools by the end of January.

“We would like to caution relevant stakeholders in this regard that should it occur that our demands are not met we are going to wage a relentless fight until all of these are acceded to,” reads the memorandum.

KZN ANC Youth League Deputy Chairperson Kwazi Shengu said as the youth they believe that building a prosperous nation would continue to be a challenge if leadership positions within the Department of Education are held by those who gamble with the future of young people.

“We believe that Thembi Vilakazi is one of those people who gamble with our future. No one else will fight for us because the future belongs to us,” he said.

He said KZN MEC for Education Mthandeni Dlungwana committed to removing individuals in leadership positions in the department who do not perform well.

“So we are saying he [Mthandeni Dlungwana] should not look too far, but should start here [in the iLembe District] because we have identified one such leader who does not perform well.

“The removal of Thembi Vilakazi as a district director would be a victory for young people,” he said.

He said young people must demand that there shouldn’t be any individual in a leadership position who is content to receive a salary every month and be satisfied with the fact that their children attend private schools while the situation in the public schools they manage is far from satisfactory.

“That is why as the province of KwaZulu- Natal­ we are saying the removal of Thembi Vilakazi must be done with immediate effect.

“This struggle will not end here today, as a province we will continue to engage with the leadership of the department of education and we will talk with comrade Mthandeni Dlungwana as a former leader of the ANC Youth League because he is one with us in this struggle to improve our education so we believe he will listen to us,” Mshengu said.

KZN Cosas secretary Mandisa Dlamini said Cosas was part of the march to express their view that they are unhappy with the decline of the matric pass rate.

“We are saying to Vilakazi she must leave her position and allow another individual, who has the ability to improve this district’s pass rate, to take over,” she said.

She said Vilakazi’s successor would have to ensure that all schools have quality education, that teachers are suitably qualified and ensure that all pupils have textbooks.

Dlamini said Cosas has communicated with pupils from the three schools in the iLembe District that obtained a zero percent pass rate and that those pupils complained that their teachers are not qualified for the subjects which they teach.

Responding to a question about whether Cosas was not concerned about pupils being taken out of class for the march on the first day of school, she said: “It does not worry us because once she [Vilakazi] has been removed and we see an improvement in our education we will be pleased because it is of no use for us as school pupils to remain silent about this when we are the ones who are affected.”

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