Public Protector keeps eye on education

2011-02-09 12:45

Johannesburg - The Public Protector has urged the Gauteng education department to approach her if the government failed to fix problems threatening education.

"The architects of the constitutional democracy enshrined the right to education in the Bill of Rights," advocate Thuli Madonsela said at a two-day education conference at the Springs Civic Centre on Tuesday.

This made it the state's responsibility to provide adequate infrastructure, learning material, capable teachers and an environment conducive to productive learning.

Madonsela said when calling the state to account for its acts and omissions, she had a responsibility not only to check if the state's conduct was lawful, but to also establish if it was proper.

However, she acknowledged that the government had made an effort since 1994 to give effect to the right to education, as demonstrated by the annual expenditure on education, and attempts to make sure resources were distributed equitably.

  • Bheki - 2011-02-09 13:00

    HhayI bo Thuli- looking at what is happening in the Eastern Cape, you should have acted long time ago. by the way expenditure by the department of education does not mean delivery of services or schools, there was a show last year on SABC 1 where money was paid for the school to be build in Mpumalanga but no school (physically) was build. How do you then ascribe expenditure to service delivery?

      robertgunning - 2011-02-09 13:41

      You beat me to the comment, I was thinking exactly the same thing.

      vee - 2011-02-09 16:52

      You don't understand, if they actually spent money on improving the education system they might have more educated "masses" who would realise that they should have voted for someone else, then where would their sorry arses be.

  • David - 2011-02-09 13:55

    Finally, finally!!! Someone is telling the government that they are responsible. It seems like the new south african way is to deny responsibility.

  • Paul - 2011-02-09 13:57

    Keeping an eye = sitting back and watching it go down the toilet.

  • 007vanzyl - 2011-02-09 14:09

    Do we have a public protector???? Thats like telling the people in zim they have a president.

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