Eastern Cape schools need help - bishops

2012-02-01 18:11

Johannesburg - Eastern Cape government authorities must take appropriate action to rescue the floundering provincial education system, the SA Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC) said on Wednesday.

"Otherwise the government will be responsible for perpetuating the second-class bantustan education system and contributing to the wide divide between rich and poor," spokesperson Chris Townsend said in a statement.

"The lack of infrastructure and the rundown state of schools, as well as the go-slow by teachers, is putting the future of many of our children at risk."

He said the SACBC was deeply concerned about the education problem.

Last week, the province's education department filled 1 500 vacancies following wildcat strikes by teachers who complained about being overworked.

Teachers embarked on protests when they returned after the school holidays to find that temporary teachers had not been re-appointed to old posts, or had been sent to other schools.

Many permanent teachers felt their workload had been increased without the help of temporary teachers.

At the time, department spokesperson Loyiso Pulumani said it was "pushing hard" to ensure schools' staff needs were met.

Townsend said teachers must put the children first.

"Teachers must make teaching a vocation that is marked by conscientious work, professionalism, care, love, and a breadth of vision," he said.

  • Bibi - 2012-02-01 18:33

    They waited till it became a crisis. Same with the health and roads. Where is the education MEC, the premier - all deathly quiet. Education and health are the first things to go in Africa. Then all the surveys and studies start about how whites have it better. They will get more money to line their pockets. fire the whole damn lot and get the best person for the job - black or white.

      lindz.kok - 2012-02-01 19:58

      yip anc the masters of hindsight, b.e.e. has become a problym but havent bitten them in the @rse yet

      Max - 2012-02-01 21:54

      Bibi, I couldn't agree with you more, if our current government was serious about correcting the wrongs of the past and get black people more competitive in the labour market they would have employed the best teachers from all over the world especially whites ones that according to them benefited from a superior education and get our children's education standard on the highest level possible. By not doing that they seem to almost submit to the idea that our African children are inferior to the rest of the world and do not have the potential to be educated on the same level as the rest of the world.

  • Deon - 2012-02-01 19:07

    Dear Bishops of the Catholic Church , its not the schools that need as much help as the incapable morons running the department of education . Children / students are resiliant and quick to recover .Brainless beaurocrats , however , are another matter . It's quite clear that they do not care about the future of our young people , who are the future of this nation .Why shout about education , education , when it's you , the a.n.c. led government-incompetants that are ruining the very basis of this country's future ....SHAME ON YOU !!!!

      Godfrey - 2012-02-01 20:52

      Bet the Bishops just can't wait to get hold of those fresh young minds for a good bit of religious brainwashing. And a bit here and there on the side.

      Monika - 2012-02-01 22:38

      @ Godfrey This article is about the educational crisis in the Eastern Cape. PERIOD. And you HAVE to bring in innuendos about Catholic bishops. Talk about generalisation/stereotyping, etc. Please stick to the topic here!!!!

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-02-01 19:07

    you think the schools have problems? wait till the Eastern Cape Kings play in the Super 15- then you will see what problems are...

  • lindz.kok - 2012-02-01 20:01

    "help us please for we cant think further than our knoses" they cry. its okey to blast other religeous instetutions and countries and races but when the anc needs them they better jump... pfft.

      lindz.kok - 2012-02-01 20:13

      no my boy you are the fool, if you folow my posts so avidly you should know by now english is my 3rd language... my phrasing is lacking at best yet it seems to be more adiquit than the majority of ancyl suporters. your bantu education shows you harbour the same mentality as the anc and it yl. taking only what you want and ignoring the truth.

      Irene - 2012-02-01 21:17

      kWAAAAAAAAAAAKWAAAA, titititititi - And you've got the cheek to call Lindz.kok illiterate??? Go look in the mirror pal.

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-02-02 09:32

      He is not only illiterate maar hy is ook dom.

  • TheWatcher - 2012-02-01 20:28

    Its all a giant cluster *expletive deleted* there's no money left for anything since its all been squandered on parties, travel and hotel expenses, backpockets, useless staff and pirated software with pornographic videos on the disks (admittedly the money on that last one was not payed to the tender but you get the idea). Bantu education is here whether you like it or not (for both whites and blacks this time so at least there's equality on that front). I'm glad I'm not in school anymore so I don't have to suffer under this.

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-02-01 20:33

      TheWatcher - 2012-02-01 21:06

      while funny I fail to see the relevance of that link.

  • Mboneni - 2012-02-01 23:06

    We have two ministers to run our education system in south africa,but the results are getting poorer.It will be better if we get one competent minister who can co-ordinate our education system and make sadtu do what they are employed to do

  • anthro45 - 2012-02-02 07:47

    Is it all the schools in the Eastern Cape or just the balck schools where teachers strike every second month and are incompitant?

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