Education an essential service - ANC

2013-02-04 14:32

Johannesburg - The ANC and the government will make sure education is declared an essential service, party secretary general Gwede Mantashe said on Monday.

"The lekgotla agreed that a mechanism to monitor all-round accountability in the [education] sector be devised as a matter of urgency," Mantashe told reporters in Johannesburg.

"As a number one priority, the ANC and its government will leave no stone unturned in making education an essential service."

He was speaking after the African National Congress's lekgotla, held last week in Irene, south of Pretoria.


"If you disrupt education, though you are not threatening a life... you do threaten the growth and survival of society."

He said all sectors of society needed to get involved.

"We are a government party. We must think broader than trade union interests."

Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor, who chairs the ANC sub-committee on education, said the country needed to reach consensus on education. She said a regulatory framework would need to be looked at.

The sub-committee had given itself until July this year to discuss the issue.

"We want the ethical dimension that people working in the sector should understand that they can't interfere in the progress of education," she said.

"What we are seeking is a commitment from all who work in the sector to actually focus on the delivery of education."

She said it did not mean there should be legislation. Society as a whole needed to recognise education was an essential service, she said.

  • kobus.oelofse.3 - 2013-02-04 14:42

    to late now you .... you are like 2 decades late lol

      heini.botes - 2013-02-04 15:30

      Great, When can we expect the cANCer's top Bra's to enroll into Primary School?

      charlesbronson.bronson - 2013-02-04 15:31

      Gwede Mantashe you must go and to some par-time work at a circus, you and your corrupted ANC are more jokers and chokers! We and the world can see you do not want educated followers. They will realize how corrupt you, the ANC and your useless leader really are!

      frederick.nel - 2013-02-04 15:39

      lmfao this is so funny. How can they randomly decide its essential wtf!?! So what was it before just something they do part time? The country is exactly the way they want it.. poor people everywhere with no education all so that they can stay in power. People dont know any better so hey lets just vote ANC again! I like the comment below to send ANC members to primary school :P good one

      marcusvandermerwe - 2013-02-04 16:31

      Makes no sense. Why an essential service? Because they not capable of dealing with strikes? Education is crucial, but not an essential service.

      jannie.beirowski - 2013-02-04 17:50

      I do not think the ANC is considering it an essential service, considering what they, and therefore the government has done to keep this essential service from the people. The EC has been struggling since 2010 to get matters sorted. They were visited by Angie, but she eventually gave up and asked Zuma to take care of it. Zuma called a task team and they could not correct matters. Vavi tried, but also he failed, so the pupils are still fleeing from the EC. I do not need to spell out the problems with books that they could not sort out in a year. As Zuma needs Angie's input to get the votes of the womens league, he does not act against her. Even Mr De Klerk stated during the weekend that the ANC did fight for freedom, but not to rule the country and he was ready to return if requested. If even this man who did receive a Nobel prize for getting rid of apartheid is now thinking things did not work out as he had visioned, then surely the ANC can not govern a country to the advantage of all.

      lawrence.rumble - 2013-02-04 18:38

      How can you lol to that kobus??? you are an idiot. Is the failure of a government at the cost of a generations future something you laugh at?

      john.cryink - 2013-02-05 07:42

      What are the cANCer going to do to stop a teacher strike. sadtu can do a lot of damage when confronted by police and this will be country wide. The police will have to be in many places at one time to stop the strikes. And if a teacher is killed during a stike millions would be wasted on judicial enquiries.

  • BatRMan959 - 2013-02-04 14:45

    Teachers dont disprupt education.. Non delivery by the Education Dept disrupts education...If the department does its job properly there will never be a need for strikes... (Anyways Strikes are a domcratic rite and i don't see Cosatu or Sadtu (who will be out of a job) stanmding for this ....

      Twolips - 2013-02-04 14:53

      Unfortunately teachers DO disrupt education. The kids who suffer the most are those that go to rural schools as their teachers are only too happy to take days or even weeks off to strike. At other schools, where teaching carries on as normal, the striking teachers come in to disrupt the lessons. The teachers are threatened and the kids chased out of classrooms. I've been there, seen that, too often to mention.

      warren-rodel - 2013-02-04 15:46

      If the stupid government paid teachers better would we have this problem?

  • BatRMan959 - 2013-02-04 14:48

    In other words.. teachers dont have a right to complain about government.. Soon ALL public servants will be barred from striking.. This will lead to widespread complacency .. Oh..Wait.. Its too late..

      Twolips - 2013-02-04 14:55

      There are other ways to make your displeasure known. Disrupting the teaching process, dancing and singing in the streets and trashing whatever is is the way, is so uncultured.

      jannie.beirowski - 2013-02-04 18:13

      Twolips, you do say there are other ways to make your displeasure known. Please name a few, or even just one that will work and I will agree with you. Please remember all teachers are not qualified, but thet stand in for the ones that were not taught because of the closing of a number of teachers' colleges. The way and the standard they are teaching our children can be compared to an army issued with water-pistols to protect the country. The government, and therefore the ANC, did close the colleges of teachers, did lower the standard of education and did not increase the number or the pay of teachers and now hey want it to become an essential service? Are there any spaces available for gr 1's? Just remember there must be big chairs...

      Twolips - 2013-02-05 05:59

      @jannie Yes the closing down of colleges was the biggest mistake. It was an affordable way to get good qualified teachers into the schools. The ANC did not get that. They, and their followers, wanted nothing less than a University education for their future teachers. In part I can understand that. Teachers' pay will always be a bone of contention. We are not the only country where remuneration for teaching is pathetic to say the least. My beef is not so much with striking, it has more to do with the manner in which the striking takes place, the intimidation, the trashing of property, the timing of strikes (during or just before exams) Oh, well, I could write a book on education in SA!

  • michael.konings.7 - 2013-02-04 14:48

    Bravo! never use it as a playing game.

  • JollyJoker - 2013-02-04 14:49

    It is essential that the cANCer set up more committees to swindle more money to discuss the importance of education and determine if more sub-committee's are needed to award tenders to cANCer affiliated companies to not deliver text books to schools only to come to the conclusion that the committee has spent all the money and they are in dire need of more to set up more committees. So, in the end education will remain as it is. Took them 18 years to determine that education is essential.

  • John - 2013-02-04 14:51

    You are dreaming chief, until you change the pass rate to 50% which is the norm around the world you are doing more harm than good to these kids, you are creating a generation of dumb people unfortunately....

  • victor.mendes1 - 2013-02-04 14:52

    These clown crack me up! I qoute from the article "As a number one priority, the ANC and its government will leave no stone unturned in making education an essential service." Not delivering textbooks on time counts as a hinderence on education - What action will be taken there to ensure it wont happen again? And how will the ulprits responsible be dealt with?

  • abdul.cassiem.9 - 2013-02-04 14:54

    REALY!!!!!!!OMG where were these people all this time. In the AMazon forest. Why can't thy just shut up and DO what thy surpose to do. Now it will take anather decade to put it in the system

  • pjbadenhorst - 2013-02-04 14:55

    We'll have to wait until the first teachers strike to see how that idea is going to go down. After all, the slogan is: "Liberation before education."

  • Bob - 2013-02-04 14:58

    Oh please Mr Gwede Mantashe! What took you 18+ years to come up with that! Why do you the ANC always have to first break the education system fully, before you then one day years down the road come to realised its importance! Now you have to rebuild what you broke at huge cost and time!. You ANC are just too slow on the uptake! I don’t really believe your current rhetoric anyway...just more hot air to buy you time for your past errors !

  • gert_swart - 2013-02-04 15:06

    I agree. Make it an essential service. This behaviour with their strikes that the teachers set to school kids is a disgrace.

      womba.wonder - 2013-02-04 20:02

      Kids learn that exploitation is intolerable. A great lesson.

  • chris.steytler.1 - 2013-02-04 15:07

    20 years late boetatjie...

  • tersia.louw.12 - 2013-02-04 15:11

    In the second paragraph "all-round accountability" is mentioned. Does this include oh-so-sensitive and thin-skinned Angie? Will she be held accountable?

  • MJS1234 - 2013-02-04 15:13

    How about giving them proper training, a good wage, schools with decent facilities and teaching equipment. Then there would be no need to strike! Again, the buck has been passed. The department of education needs to be changed and run effectively so teachers can teach! The same with health care. It's the leaders that are letting down the workers.

  • nicosmit - 2013-02-04 15:16

    we've all learned that renaming/re-classifying things doesn't make it 'more betta'

  • Lesetja Kgabo Malapile - 2013-02-04 15:18

    gwede u r a clown u shld have thrown that useless Angie out a long time if u kno what u r doing but i'm not suprised at what u r saying cause u r gud in making promises but u dnt deliver

      heini.botes - 2013-02-04 15:31

      Problem is Gwede is followed by 10000's of more clowns who keep voting for them knowing well they can't deliver

  • bruce.gauld.5 - 2013-02-04 15:20

    What I'm interested in is to know what event is going to take place whereby the minorities of this country stand up and with emotion in one voice say they have had enough. And if the ANC won't get out they will be pushed OUT!!

  • leslie.erasmus.1 - 2013-02-04 15:24

    When a politician opens his/her mouth and expects us to believe there utterances, but naturally the anc won't admit they are to blame for the state of education, another committee to investigate no doubt

  • Gideon.Viljoen - 2013-02-04 15:29

    Did it really take Gwede Mantashe, Zuma, ANC, Government almost 20 years to realize this only now or only after the DA and FNB gave them a wake up slap?

  • sphiwe.dllamini - 2013-02-04 15:29

    Education is an essential service - and we have shown this by reducing matric pass mark to 33%.Our delays in delivering books and our mandate to employ less qualified educators is another example that we are serious about education!

      heini.botes - 2013-02-04 15:41

      Amen Sphiwe. And the they have the nerve to pat themselves on the back beacause the matric pass rate is up!! Pass rate was 40%, then 35% now 30%!! Now every idiot get's into a university only to bomb out a year later realizing it's a bit difficult! Thousands who would have made it are shown away from university beacause of the over population in the universities

  • andrew.delmont.7 - 2013-02-04 15:38

    Want to fix education, we need a proper adult education system where people slot in at the right level, no matter what your age. The Nats started the problem, the ANC perpetuated it, leaving generations of people unable to string a simple sentence together. Most of the unemployed in SA are UNEMPLOYABLE apart from basic blue collar labour which holds you in poverty forever, disables you from making an objective call with your wait, but wait this is what the corrupt cadres want, this is how they hold power while the country disintegrates. Sad but true

  • warren-rodel - 2013-02-04 15:45

    Helloooo, did you only come up with this now? ANC = Pathetic, when will you do this?... I'm guessing only after another 18 years? And how will this be done exactly? Anybody out there in the ANC...? Anyone care to show some initiative? Anything constructive? We thought so...

  • michael.jackwood - 2013-02-04 15:49

    SADTU wont like this proposal, because they enjoy leaving learners unattended for meetings, but also if ANC serious about this they must review pass mark, how can 30% be considered a pass mark? How can someone pass if they dont know 70% of work?

      womba.wonder - 2013-02-04 20:04

      Your doctor passed through medical school where all exams had a 50% pass mark.

  • warren-rodel - 2013-02-04 15:52

    I vote secretary general Gwede Mantashe - for Captain Obvious!

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-02-04 15:56

    Yes and with a pass rate of 30% you are making darn sure Gwede that the results of your education isn't worth the paper they are written on

      womba.wonder - 2013-02-04 20:07

      Apartheid-era exams had a pass-mark of 33.3% on Standard Grade, and if you got between 25% and 33%, you could be granted a Lower Grade conversion pass.

  • smahlaba - 2013-02-04 15:57

    This is not a bad idea.

  • francois.vereen - 2013-02-04 16:06

    Promises promises I know for a fact that what these people are saying is bull

  • francois.vereen - 2013-02-04 16:06

    Promises promises I know for a fact that what these people are saying is bull

  • The_Don_@_Nkandla - 2013-02-04 16:07

    While I agree with the sentiment - because I do think that esp SADT & its members need to be taught a lesson - nobody should think that such a step would deal with incompetent teachers & incompetent management at school, provincial & national level(DoE). And certainly also not with disgracefully low qualifying standards such as 30% at matric level. So, ANC: Start dealing with the real & significant issues as well asap.

  • Earl O Tool - 2013-02-04 16:07

    look how FAT this dude is. he only cares about fried chicken not education

      womba.wonder - 2013-02-04 20:07

      Churchill wasn't skinny.

  • matsutle.aphane - 2013-02-04 16:13

    practise what u preach please u are just promise maker not promise keeper,,

      veronica.findo - 2013-02-05 17:47

      lead by example ANC people are depending on u,education is the key to our future

  • SARealist - 2013-02-04 16:16

    Finally the ANC is standing up to be counted, for a wise conclusion.

  • richard.scully2 - 2013-02-04 16:17

    Brainless useless fart ANC

  • laughton.martin - 2013-02-04 16:18

    less yada yada more ching ching.anyways i do agree with the importance of education so can you please explain why we have an uneducated president.

      Lorenza Condon Marques - 2013-02-04 16:43

      if education is an essential service... pay teachers like they are essential.....

      laughton.martin - 2013-02-04 16:49

      ummm the subject wasnt about the pay but as a teacher i would say that the WILL to educate should be greater than money because i can tell you there are lots of teachers that actually just become teachers for the money and holidays.yes times are hard but 1 doesnt become a painter when you really want to be a baker,but thanx for your comment although of topic its appreciated

  • kevin.moxham.3 - 2013-02-04 16:31

    Thats a wake up comrade - good talk but can you back it up with action - COSATU and SADTU will be too strong for you..!!!

  • Richard - 2013-02-04 16:33

    Can they now make up their minds if it is essential or not.

  • Watkykj - 2013-02-04 16:40

    Really??? wow, well done ANC, would you like a Noddy badge?

  • Erna - 2013-02-04 16:44

    'She said it did not mean there should be legislation. Society as a whole needed to recognise education was an essential service.' Like that is going to work!

  • lawrence.brown.5243817 - 2013-02-04 16:48

    Outsource education, management of the department and the budgets to the DA. A swift housecleaning will immediately tidy up a horrible mess and, with the budget, allocate and progress.

  • Winile Ngidi - 2013-02-04 16:58

    It abt time they do that, why did they close teaching colleges in the 1st place they were doing a good job than wht the Universities are doing ryt nw. Teachers nw think they are lectures bcos they went at Universities.

  • deon.duplessis.144 - 2013-02-04 17:00

    Thanks for stating the obvious Blade. No stop talking (as per norm) and start doing

  • Rustic - 2013-02-04 17:01

    Another lost generation before you woke up SA Gvt. Also, these are mere words and history provides an abyssmal record on your ability to translate this to effective action.

  • deon.duplessis.144 - 2013-02-04 17:01

    Thanks for stating the obvious Blade. No stop talking (as per norm) and start doing

  • Traygon - 2013-02-04 17:06

    Speak for yourselves and lead by example. The only reason the ANC is in power is because there are so many uneducated people voting them in, why would the ANC now want to educate them?

  • elkita.robbertse.96 - 2013-02-04 17:09

    lies lies lies

  • rob.vanjou - 2013-02-04 17:14

    They don't care. They do not want South Africans educated. If they did then it would not need to be classified as an essential service as it should by default be essential. A generation already wasted.

  • mohau.chabeli.9 - 2013-02-04 17:19

    This sounds interestin i hope all stakeholders wl let logic prevail.

  • jairaj.sureschandra - 2013-02-04 17:24

    At least, fewer rioters on the streets.

  • kevin.kramer111 - 2013-02-04 17:47

    What happended to "Leebarashun BEE four Air Jukashun"?

      womba.wonder - 2013-02-04 20:10

      They accomplished liberation, remember?

  • Amdyn - 2013-02-04 18:07

    This is simply government saying "Give labour all the power, except when it deals with government". The fact is that government needs to redress the strength of unions instead of quick-fixing problems and leaving the rest to fend for themselves. Teaching is no more an "essential" service than farming or even mining. Try not eating while you get educated.

      womba.wonder - 2013-02-04 20:11

      Quite correct. Well said.