Jansen speaks out on state of education

2011-11-21 11:36

Johannesburg - University of the Free State rector Professor Jonathan Jansen said the government has an uncaring attitude towards its people, Beeld reported on Monday.

"A person just has to walk into a state hospital, a weak school or a department of home affairs to see the government has a fuck you attitude towards the people," he was quoted as saying.

"We must, like the Occupy Wall Street campaign, occupy the offices of the education department in every province," he said.

Speaking at the anniversary of the Federation of Governing Bodies of SA Schools, Jansen said education had enough policies, but lacked workable plans.


"The Planning Commission of Minister [in the Presidency Trevor] Manuel looks good, but we need a plan that specifies how policy and proposals will be implemented. How will trade unions be controlled?"

He said President Jacob Zuma would never take the SA Democratic Teachers' Union to task because they belonged to ANC alliance partner the Congress of SA Trade Unions, Beeld reported.

Since 1994, South Africa's schools had become worse, even though they received the most money.

"Nobody has the balls to fire a pathetic principal," Jansen said, adding that mediocrity was a big problem in South Africa.

Three-quarters of South Africa's schools were weak and needed support from the quarter that were doing well, he said.

There were too few male teachers, and teachers at the foundation phase, where mother-tongue instruction was very important, and not enough teachers being trained to replace those dying or retiring.

  • Paul - 2011-11-21 11:48

    Wow Prof Jansen you deserve a medal! I agree 100%

      Hans - 2011-11-21 12:10

      Again, isn't this what we all were saying for the past few years?Why is this suddenly big news?The state of everything is in ruins and becoming unrepairable. They are doing injustice to themselves. They fought so hard to have equal education to the White man, but what we have now is prehistoric education.The must learn accountability for their actions.A failed child is a failure to the teachers and parents.This government has failed everyone, but sadly will still be in power come the next elections.

      Sean - 2011-11-21 13:32

      Prof. Spot on ! Education would be the downfall of the ANC ! Imagine the majority of South Africans were educated ? Malema wouldn`t even exist ! The ANC thrives on the uneducated masses !

      TJ - 2011-11-21 13:45

      There are also too few special education schools. I have a special needs child and, even though he is in a main stream school, he is really battling. There are very few schools in SA that cater for his needs. I live in the E.Cape and the closest that fits all his requirements is in Jhb and, as they are a private school, their school fees alone are almost my monthly salary (no boarding). There seems to be no help for him anywhere. I know of so many other parents who are in the same boat. Please, Dept of Education, remember those kids that have their special needs. With the right educational support, they are able to perform miracles to reach their full potential.

      PB - 2011-11-21 15:09

      So 'n bek moet jêm kry!

  • John - 2011-11-21 11:51

    Throughly agree. A pass mark of 35% for matric is disgusting and only awards mediocrity if that. It should be at least 51%. Raise the mark to 51% and see what the matric pass rate would be, probably less than 20%. The education system is producing unemployable people.

      Dorothea - 2011-11-21 12:01

      no the system is creating people who would be unemployable elsewhere in the world. here, they put on their suits, buy their bmw's and think that they can sit behind a desk and pretend to work.....

      Sheik - 2011-11-21 12:10

      John, even with a pass mark of 35%, less then half pass. ANC should just give them their Matric certificate, when their mothers apply for their Born certificate because they'll still be no brighter than at born.

      Hans - 2011-11-21 12:13

      I agree with you John. By passing these kids at school level, leaves them unprepared for university etc.That is why we have such a high failure rate at universities. Then they start burning the universities because the White people are making it harder for them to pass. Sad isn't it?

  • Alva - 2011-11-21 11:51

    Prof Jansen has hit the nail on the head!

  • Brad Frank - 2011-11-21 11:56

    wow... refreshing, to the point and clear as daylight.

  • Clarissa - 2011-11-21 11:58

    Bravo PROFFIE!!!!

  • Dorothea - 2011-11-21 11:59

    ....and this is why we leave shortly for greener pastures. and this is why i have a good chuckle when people preach optimism for the future. shame, it must be terrible to set yourselves up for such disappointment.

      MastersVoice - 2011-11-21 12:49

      I support you in leaving SA. We need people who are part of the solution and not the problem here in SA.

      Trudy - 2011-11-21 14:16

      @ Dorothea. Why do you keep telling us that you are leaving? Do you want us to throw you a party? Do you need to convince yourself that you are doing the right thing thus your sometimes distasteful and racist remarks? Just go!

      Stanley - 2011-11-21 14:56

      Hi Dorothea, what about the rest of us who cannot leave because of various circumstances? Most of the white people who are leaving are not thinking of us poor sitting ducks, no fault of our own doing... (previous regime's fault, i think...genuinely... not just blaming anyone just because others are doing so)

      griet.plessis - 2012-01-14 11:38

      HI Stanley, most of the SA expats in NZ are coloured peeps from the Western Cape

      Stephen - 2012-03-26 13:32

      Interesting. My brother and his wife are just about to return from NZ, one of the so called Lands of Milk and Honey, just 1.5 years after emigrating there. I can assure you the grass is not always greener as so many South Africans seem to think. My British wife, who absolutely loves Cape Town,would agree whoheartedly with me on that one.

  • Herman - 2011-11-21 12:01

    But, will the criminal anc regime even bother to do something about our country's education system? My money is on them rather stealing the money as they have done since being voted into power.

  • Guy - 2011-11-21 12:22

    Prof Jansen...The Steven Seagal of SA

  • lbnaude - 2011-11-21 12:48

    Yes prof Jansen as an x professor in education (I resigned not believing in the "new" education system) I welcome it that there is still someone voicing the tragic stance of education and yes you are right! Transformation did happen,but it was from good standards to low standards,teacher pride in a calling to a job demanding more and more pay doing less. And my biggest fear if all our "old" teachers are dead and retired,who will remain with the necessary expertise and "heart",to get the system in fact where IT WAS BEFORE 1994! And I can say it objectively being chairperson of various task teams on national and provincial level trying to get the various education departments in the "playing field" (in 1994) to become on par!:The system was bulldozed by political agendas,too many policies, premature implementation etc. Yes the qualtity of education even in "black" schools was better than what it is today. With more and more lost generations. Thanks for being bold. Try to stay that way.

  • Bigwolf - 2011-11-21 12:55

    the ANC does not want better education for fear of loseing support from the masses. Fact is reason they turn blind eye every year, we should look at countries like korea were kids lives revolve around learning and bettering a nation with pride, i think way forward than current policy.

  • Anton - 2011-11-21 14:22

    What a man!

  • Brainbow - 2011-11-21 14:41

    Jansen is gifted with beatiful intellect. Best we listen to him.

  • Stanley - 2011-11-21 14:45

    Brave Prof. Jansen! You know that you've got an attention target painted on yourself because u r no-one's lapdog, barking Ja-Baas at every corner, né? The ANC does not want to do the much needed educational surgery to remove a lot of totally incompetent cadres from the educational system... the poor kids in the townships are suffering badly! Their parents mostly, however are according to me not suffering enough to dump the corrupt ANC masters that are stealing their children's education through their hardheadedness...

  • Natsvdm - 2011-11-21 15:45

    What an incredible man - a true legend. Why does'nt government use this man to consult on the crisis in education? Prof. Jansen - I am in 100% agreement with you.

  • Maleho - 2011-11-21 17:17

    You are my favourite person, but I have to admit that this time, you are right.

  • Gail - 2011-11-21 20:28

    Getting rid of the bad apples is all fine and well but how and who would replace them? Good teachers are called but they need resources and they need smaller classes so that special needs children can be reconised and streamed into institutions where they are taught useful skills that will make them employable. The problem is and always has been in SA that the number of students is so great and the number of teachers so small. Only by accepting a common communication tool in terms of language which is universally acceptable in commerce and has all the tools already in terms of text books can we stand a chance of uplifting from foundation level onwards.Mother tongue should not be pushed aside but should be introduced at foundation leve in all areas and institutions even preschool. Education is about communication and the language which we arrive into contains our various cultures and traditions. Failure to understand language is the cause of all breakdowns in education and then communication. We need to accept that English is universal not because it is better than others but because it is universally accepted and opens more doors. Mandarin is the most spoken language because of population but even they are prepared to recognise the need to learn English.

  • sjaanbuchel - 2011-12-06 11:41

    If any one knows what education is about, it is Prof Jansen> We are right behind you Sir! Pity you are not the press or minister of Education.

  • Selwyn - 2012-01-11 11:22

    There are too many educated people in the Education Department!..

  • Phyl - 2012-03-26 14:27

    At last - some-one in the 'know' is speaking out. Bravo! Will Prof J be derided like Helen Zille?

  • mzijimmym - 2012-03-26 15:58

    Good work work Il Profesore!We need more leaders like you.

  • mzijimmym - 2012-03-26 16:16

    Parents in pre-dominantly black schools need to be more involved in the education of their children and not wiily nilly support some of the distructive actions of SADTU.

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