Tutu: Education problems unacceptable

2012-07-18 19:09

Bloemfontein - Children without schoolbooks in the third term and classes under trees are unacceptable South African problems, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu said on Wednesday.

"People going to bed hungry are [also] unacceptable," Tutu told students taking part in a dialogue at a global leadership summit.

He criticised the 30% benchmark to pass for South African school pupils, after 18 years of democracy.

"This is why we still struggle, maybe," he said, adding people should not have gone to jail and died for such results.

Tutu urged the students not to allow people to spoil South Africa.

"This is your country."

Referring to these issues in remembrance of Nelson Mandela's birthday, Tutu said he was sure the former president was not entirely aware of the education situation in SA.

"If he knew what was happening he would be crying... it's totally unacceptable."

Tutu said there was no reason why these problems, including people staying in shacks, should still plague the country. These issues were not mentioned with the aim of cutting people down, but he hoped it would inspire leaders to do things right.

"We hope to inspire them to do things we hoped would characterise the new South Africa."

Later, at a Mandela Day occasion at the University of the Free State, Tutu told students there was nothing stopping them from becoming the next Madiba.

"You have the capacity to be a life changer," he told cheering students.

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-07-18 19:21

    Open minded and never afraid of truth, a great man. - 2012-07-18 19:35

      Wow this guy must be a genius ha ha, no his not suppose he just wants to be mentioned as someone who feels for the poor children. they all a bunch of idiot's. Did you actually see any of these idiots follow up on the school book delivery, no you didn't cos they don't care and some of the school books are still not delivered. what a bunch of losers

      andrew.hendrikse - 2012-07-18 21:40

      The arch as always ...exposing the true!!!

      rob.baggaley - 2012-07-19 09:56

      Hark !!! The purple gnome speaks ! Again & again & again. Is there no end to this man of peace's wisdom & forsight into the shortcomings of this country ?

  • michael.bushes - 2012-07-18 19:23

    Tutu, the best thing you can do, is put on a DA sweater and cap, or are you yellow? Pk pk pk is your middle name aint it?

  • lance.trent.kilkenny - 2012-07-18 19:26

    At the end of the day, after all is said and done, THIS is what is acceptable to the ANC. Trying to tell the ANC about how bad all of this is, is like pissing into the wind!! Sad though

  • mundu.olewega - 2012-07-18 19:29

    Hate to break it to you, old man, but this is exactly why the whiteman didn't want the blackman to rule the country. Here's another news's going to get worse.

      rob.baggaley - 2012-07-19 09:58

      Yep. Black rule sucks big time. We were warned though !

  • CharlesDumbwin - 2012-07-18 19:37

    That pic of Tutu looks like he just got shafted by the ANC. Just when he thought he had an in with the rooling putty.

  • Erna - 2012-07-18 19:49

    Of course the situation in education is unacceptable. However, the person in charge of education believes she deserves an 8 out of ten and doesn't think she is responsible!

      julio.sanfona - 2012-07-18 20:13

      That's typical of incompetent, unaccountable, oxygen thieves. I'll bet you that she doesn't loose any sleep over the chaos that she allowed to evolve in the schools.

  • julio.sanfona - 2012-07-18 20:09

    I thought this man was a winger, but I have grown to love him for his open mind and never being afraid to confront the real issues of the country and stepping on the toes of the current regime even making himself unpopular with the ANC. It's a real pitty that we don't have more men and women like him.

  • luvo.luvos - 2012-07-18 20:19

    The ANC motto on this seems to say: Keep them dumb enough and they will keep on voting for you! Should the ANC insist on high education standards they will lose the majority vote cos education has a way of lifting the wool off one's eyes and reveal them for who they really are!!

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-07-18 20:29


  • SARealist - 2012-07-18 20:30

    What a Man of the Cloth? To the point and always about the people and never about himself. But unfortunately we don't have many people of this calliber in SA. What a pity.

  • mlondolozi.matshini - 2012-07-18 21:05

    of course its not acceptable

  • tommo.too - 2012-07-18 21:44

    Tutu=Truth. And I love him. But those eyes scare me!!!

  • Nkosiyam Maxhegwana - 2012-07-18 23:46

    very scary eyes Mr tutu, but that's truly unacceptable,

  • rob.baggaley - 2012-07-19 10:00

    Tutu urged the students not to allow people to spoil South Africa. Which " people " oh great & wise one ?

  • glenda.mackay.18 - 2012-07-22 18:25

    Tutu. Stop talking and start doing, you are suppose to be the ELDER of the ANC. The youth have no example to look up to for leadership! 'Mo√ęt & Chandon', being throw around at weddings on the premises of a leaders luctury home!

  • phuti.hlabane - 2012-08-28 20:27

    Ag,wht do u expect from an illiterate president.all is bad cos even the wanking SACP r just looking to fill their pockets with moola.

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