Zuma: Education an essential service

2013-03-14 14:36

Johannesburg - Community development workers must help government spread the word that education is an important and essential service, President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday.

"It is for this reason that we are prioritising the remuneration of teachers in the work of the remuneration commission that we are establishing to look at the working conditions of public servants in general," Zuma said in Boksburg on the East Rand.

He was addressing a community development workers' conference hosted by the department of public service and administration.

"When you engage parents, school governing bodies, and other stakeholders, you should reiterate government's seriousness in turning our schools into centres of excellence, thus elevating education to its rightful place in our society."

Zuma said teachers needed to be in school on time, teaching.

Children also had to arrive on time and respect teachers.

Education had to be a number one priority.

"The less citizens of a country are educated, the less the development. The more citizens [are] educated, the more developed [a country is]."

Community development leaders needed to communicate this to people.

During apartheid, the vast majority of South Africans were not educated because they were told they did not need to be.

"That is why we have a backlog today... People are unemployable because they don't have skills," Zuma said.

  • warren-rodel - 2013-03-14 14:40

    Well about time Captain Obvious!

      alan.gernet - 2013-03-14 14:52


      chris.debeer1 - 2013-03-14 15:09

      Says the man with a std 3.... what a joke!

      warren-rodel - 2013-03-14 15:20

      I also hope he can figure out how to create more jobs, whats the point of having varsity graduates without a formal job? Because would anyone hire someone with a 30% pass rate only? I think that the Government should also look at dispersing their glorified salaries back into South African society. Give homeless people some shelter at Nkandla! Maybe bring back the death penalty to keep the population low in prisons.

      Brad Herbert - 2013-03-14 15:27

      But still, nothing will change. All words and NO ACTION. STANDARD ANC POLICY

  • Shirley Stee - 2013-03-14 14:42

    So essential that you fail thousands of students daily-whilst cadres line their pockets! Really you dont think we believe you now,do you? And you say it with such a straight face!

  • leroy.reynolds.353 - 2013-03-14 14:42

    yeah how about shutting up and doing something about it...

  • Richard - 2013-03-14 14:43

    Well to spread the word that education is essential will go a far way if the Minister of Education stops saying it is not essential. I have heard of the left had not knowing what the right hand is doing but when the left hand does not know what the left hand is doing it gets serious.

      Cathy De Jongh - 2013-03-14 15:31


  • Magda Henning - 2013-03-14 14:45


  • Jaco Whoosh Pearson - 2013-03-14 14:48

    Bla bla bla...apartheid.. Yada yada...bla bla.

      lucky.mpoza - 2013-03-14 15:12

      I must say you are a very stupid man jaco. Your statement is irrelevant. You are one of those white people who do not want to believe that apartheid was hard and painful to black people because your statement is patronising. I wish you can live under those conditions. You will never survive for an hour, I tell you. So next time you want to fart, call all your family and tell them to open their mouths so that you can serenade them with your k*k. We will complain about the effects of apartheid. I am saying 'we' referring to ordinary black people. I am not referring to black politicians because they do not live like us, hence they use our misery to fill their pockets.

      werner.nel.712 - 2013-03-14 15:17

      Yet you vote for them Lucky....

      Jaco Whoosh Pearson - 2013-03-14 15:26

      Lucky, I'm sure it sucked, but that was two decades ago. To get someone from pre school to a medical degree takes 18 years, Engineering 16 years, and 15 years for a Bachelours. The ANC had been running the show for 19 years. Do an entire generation of skilled labour could have been trained, and the government still blames apartheid. Forgive me for failing to see the relevence of your argument.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-03-14 15:49

      Lucky mpoza. Obviously you know nothing about the conditions under apartheid. The people were not much worse off then they are today, the only difference is now their own people keep them down and the police who brutalize them have the same color. You keep lamenting apartheid, it won't bring you an invitation to Nkandla, you are too ordinary for that..

      Jaco Whoosh Pearson - 2013-03-14 16:02

      And Lucky, it is funny to note that well educated people (regardless of color) are far less likley to commit crime than downtroden masses. Also havn't seen to much engineers do the toi-toi with pangas or doctors burninh tyres in roads. And to think that YOUR government could have done something about it, since I didn't vote for them, so this is now your problem... How do you solve this problem...easy... Think before you vote.

      Titus Madiba - 2013-03-14 17:36

      Jacqui u say "The people were not much worse then they are today" oh please now you the one that doesnt know what they talking about, get your blinkers off and go to the rural areas and see how peoples lifes have changed. I'm no ANC supporter by the way because thats what you all seem to think when someone posts a comment like this

      Nadia Graf - 2013-03-14 18:08

      Oh good for you Lucky, and while you are complaining us, lazy Whites will get on with working and because we know we have to take care of ourselves.

  • Desire Jean Zwane - 2013-03-14 14:52

    thought education is supposed to be so standard essential

  • Lucky Luke - 2013-03-14 14:58

    "working conditions of public servants" - funny one zooomer, when did you all start working? do some work, get out there and spread the word yourself! you would be exhausted by the time you reached the R250 million security wall you built with our money around your compound!! but then you could always get sustenance at the tuck shop to pep you up for the return to a bed of one of the harem!! careful you don't eat the doughnut of the tuckshop director, i forget which of your many concs it is who loves the joint, or she may take your arm off!!

      Shirley Stee - 2013-03-14 15:05

      lol!!!!!!!!!He thinks work is a four letter word[a dirty on]

  • Mothakge Kgatla - 2013-03-14 15:04

    How ever much the word is spread, how ever soon acts amd legislations are passed, if the actions of government are not inclined to suggest that Education is an Essential Service then it will not be...Schools, Labs, Teachers, Infrastructure as a whole to enable it to fit the criteria of Essential need a total overhaul...Delivery of Books for instance, the quality of the so called education....A Declaration is not a Program in Action!Its a program of Action, it will then rely on compliance by Government, Teachers, Pupuls and Society as a collective...For now!blah-blah-blah-blah...Shut up and smoke a pipe!

  • lucky.mpoza - 2013-03-14 15:05

    Same speech that he made at the teachers awards two weeks ago.

  • prakash.singh.169 - 2013-03-14 15:07

    First deliver the text books, ensure schools have running water and electricty, then start blowing your hot air.

  • Trevor Matthews - 2013-03-14 15:12

    err sori boss - my education was top notch during apartheid!

  • raymond.kok3 - 2013-03-14 15:16

    blah blah blah make it official and wahtch your support dwindle in next years election because Sadtu will never ecept it ,simmple solution compel all politiciaans to sebd their children to public schools evevn the fatcat union bosses and you will see them spark.I bet you 99% of the teachers children are in private schools thats why they dont care about the public schools

  • werner.nel.712 - 2013-03-14 15:17

    Yes Mr standard three..

      Khethu Ndlovu - 2013-03-14 15:31

      Show some respect to our president, we did to yours, dont act like a spoilt little clout.

      werner.nel.712 - 2013-03-14 15:36

      Respect is earned buddy....

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-03-14 15:51

      Kethu Ndlovu, respect is earned, never given freely. But go ahead, drive pass Nkandla and pay your respects at the gate.

      warren-rodel - 2013-03-14 16:13

      Ok Khethu, could you kindly tell us why we should respect Zuma? Because he was just put in that position? Or because he is the worst president in the world? I think if it was Rob Magarbie vs Zuma - I might even vote for Rob at this stage.

      Shirley Stee - 2013-03-14 16:58

      Khethu: How can you ask people to redpect a man wha a.-has no redpect for women, b. No morals. C. Has done nothing as a president to warrant respect. D, Hasnt got a pair big enough to clean up his corrupt Mps????? Stop living in lala land-wake up and smell the corruption and poverty!

  • Magda Henning - 2013-03-14 15:20

    I think the whole government should be educated "HOW TO RUN A COUNTRY". They will all fail

      John Cryink - 2013-03-14 15:44

      The cANCer knows how to run a country they running over a clif and waiting is a abyss of chaos

  • Ellakita - 2013-03-14 15:22

    Big change of mind from him.He is looking for votes.

  • Maa Aggie Paile Moletsane - 2013-03-14 15:22

    stop blaming apartheid now,tell ur teachers to teach our kids @ public school,Its a discrase wat they doing to our kids bcz we cant afford private school

      Khethu Ndlovu - 2013-03-14 15:28

      Did your kids tell u they are not learning at their school? Did u make a follow up on that? Or is this your follow up? U must be a real bad parent. It has nothing to do with the general populace of teaches.

      werner.nel.712 - 2013-03-14 15:38


  • warren-rodel - 2013-03-14 15:23

    Mr Zuma - Lier, Lier, pants on fire!

  • Ellakita - 2013-03-14 15:24

    Zuma you look sick.Very sick.Go lie down and please die.

  • Paulo Teixeira - 2013-03-14 15:31

    So lets see you complete your matric in that case-called leading by example

      Shirley Stee - 2013-03-14 16:59

      In wood work or sex education?

  • Sonnyboy Mathebula - 2013-03-14 15:34

    lol Chris u mean std3, lol what about grade R

  • Paul Georgeades - 2013-03-14 15:39

    So now we blame apartheid again for all their stuff ups,mayb if he went to school instead of doing what he was doing our country wouldn't be in the mess it is in now.....

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-03-14 15:44

    Funny how he knows what to tell others while in the meantime ignoring every law in the book when it comes down to himself.

      Shirley Stee - 2013-03-14 17:01

      He cannot read or comprehend the meaning of the oath he took as president-he learns all speeches parrot fashion.

  • Paul Georgeades - 2013-03-14 15:45

    Lucky u r a dumb ass,it's your gov that is to blame where we are now,u had all of 19 years to better yourselves but instead you have gone backwards and demolished what this country was....stop blaming apartheid and look for a new excuse of why u r what u r...

  • Michael Jackwood - 2013-03-14 15:54

    Some folkes here at news24 have a big problem, i just read what Zuma said and for me he is very correct, sometimes we must listen to what the man is saying and make fair comment to what he said, if not, them dont compain when people call you racists! You cant just throw insults againts good information and consider yourself normal in terms of thinking capacity.

      Jaco Whoosh Pearson - 2013-03-14 16:07

      Michael, whether or not what he says is true, he's a hyprocrite and a jackass, and more importantly a politician, and even worse an ANC politician. Politicians say stuff to get votes, that is their job. Sad fact is that he doesn't give a crap, and I dare you to prove me wrong. Don't suck up to government Mike, because the truth is seldomly politically correct.

      Antoinette Manefeldt - 2013-03-14 16:10

      Try to correct your spelling if you work for a newspaper, then maybe I can take you seriously.

      warren-rodel - 2013-03-14 16:22

      Yes our problem is Zuma in case you didn't know, and if you don't know why then you should read more, because what he said is correct - but to actually make it happen? Are you still singing "struggle" songs, do you know communism doesn't work, are you aware about how the ANC representatives are abusing their rank? This is not a racist thing, you might think its racist because of the tones of propaganda that you have been fed into believing that, Zuma is stealing from you to. Theft and racism are 2 different things.

      Michael Jackwood - 2013-03-14 16:48

      Warren, Jaco, and Antoinette, the thing is this president is talking good news for the country, none of you is giving me reasons enough to justify all these insults, there is absolutely no bases whatsoever, but its your choice to continuously insult the president even is what he said is in your interest and perhaps is the so called freedom of speech.

      Lucky Luke - 2013-03-14 16:59

      michael i will give you my reasons: this is stating the very obvious. he says whatever he thinks people want to hear. he never follows up on what he says. he lies. he deceives. he steals. he is an adulteror. he sings. he dances. he does nothing. he takes 2 jets to NY and back....hence i am not a fan. i pay his salary. he is answerable to me, and you and every other citizen of this country. enough?

      Shirley Stee - 2013-03-14 17:04

      When it is meaningless,script written jargon he is spewing -are you serious? What has he done throughout his entire time as president ro better this country???? He has given a million speeches and done zip! Except procreate and marry!

      Jaco Whoosh Pearson - 2013-03-14 17:07

      Mike, well, do you really want me to state the obvious. That's why I asked you, because it involvels less typing on your behalf. He say's it's a safe country, yet stays in Nkandla, says we need education yet he has none, says rape is a problem yet he was dragged to court because of it, says government needs less corruption, yet covers up his involvement in the arms deal. Says violent protesring is wrong, but breaks out in tears ar Marikana telling them the government is 'sorry'. The list goes on, and yet you want me to think that he actually means what he says about education, haha, what a joke.

      Michael Jackwood - 2013-03-14 17:37

      Jaco, have you ever been to any rural area, or you only see that on TV? What we see on news or hear on radio is not necessarily the true picture of what is happening everywhere in SA, government is building school, the thing is that does not make news! Schools in rural area are being electrified, learners who come from extreme poverty families dont pay school fees and they eat decent meal at schools everyday, learners dont buy textbooks, what else do you want government to do realy? And last year's matric pass rate was the highest since 1994; isnt that service delivery?

      warren-rodel - 2013-03-14 17:51

      Mike - the pass rate went up because they dropped the passing standard, if the pass rate goes from 40% down to 30%, its not hard to figure out hey? Well then again maybe for some.

      allien - 2013-03-14 18:10

      Actually our problem is not really Zuma, our problem is people which voted him in.

      Jaco Whoosh Pearson - 2013-03-14 18:20

      Yes Mike, I have been to quite a few, worked as a texhnician a while back and allot of it involved maintenence on airtime systems, which are those celphone shaped caravans that you see on every street in what tou call rural areas. I've been on holiday in the eastern cape too, transkei and whatnot. I'm not as disconected from society as you would like to believe. Also not saying the government never built any schools, clinics and hospitals. However a buiding is only as good as it's management and staff, which is currently all but nonexistent. And also trying to point out that so much more could have been done, if the government didn't 'loose' billions of rand anually, let allone missspend the rest (auditing finding published in Volksblad two days ago)

  • Stanley Langa - 2013-03-14 16:13

    Dear Mr. President, I'm hoping that this is the intent to finally act on our Educational challenges in RSA, minimize financial misappropriation by our Government Officials, and let our Law Abiding & Tax Paying Citizens feel that their monies are well spent. Thank You!

      Jaco Whoosh Pearson - 2013-03-14 16:15

      Stanley, I hope you realize that talk is cheap, espesially coming from Mr Showerhead

  • Siphiwo Khuzwayo - 2013-03-14 16:16

    So sad when commentators here especially whites, saying " your people"...I find this very disturbing. Is the current government not for all? Whether you like Zuma or not, what he says about the importance of education, is 100% correct.

      heini.botes - 2013-03-14 16:27

      It's like people in this country have the memory span of an goldfish. These speeches your leaders are given you get preached every about 6 months, the same boring speech, improve this, invest in that BUT NOTHING EVER GETS DONE!! I don't have a problem with you Siphiwo, I embrace any law abiding contributing South African...but this parasite government is NOTHING of me!! They have corrupted this beautiful country of ours!!

      Jaco Whoosh Pearson - 2013-03-14 16:33

      Siphiwo, the current government is in it for themselves. And as true as what this bafoon is saying. His words are hollow. Have you ever noticed the same rhetoric always just before election time. As for you getting your panties in a bunch about 'your' remarks, who honestly cares. When I'm saying it in doesn't refer to any race, but to people who let themself be blindsided by politicians. Stop victimizing yourself by looking for 'racism' everywhere. The whole blame game is starting to get old.

      warren-rodel - 2013-03-14 17:53

      Siphiwo, you are making a racist comment. Its got nothing about likes and opinions here - the FACT is that ZUMA IS A THIEF!

  • Victor Loftie-Eaton - 2013-03-14 16:17

    If you fix education you will fix all other - and I mean ALL - problems going forward. A good education means a good job, that leads to a good salary that leads to good living standards that leads to less crime, less poverty, less "open hands" asking to be supported by social grants and a happier society all together and a growing economy which all people of this nation contributes to. FIX EDUCATION!!!!

  • phillys.winterbottom - 2013-03-14 16:49

    No Capt Peanut-Head, you must pass it into law that it is an essential service, not "spread the word" you frikken sheep herder!!

  • Jammies Jamneck - 2013-03-14 17:00

    Copy.. paste...Blah blah. Say that too all the learners that suffered already by not having teachers in their classes,dropped out of school, who has little future due to incompetance of a 15 year old money,power greedy ruling party!...o yah forgot...sies apartheid all your fault ...sies

  • Siphiwo Khuzwayo - 2013-03-14 17:17

    Jaco Pearson, the truth or the light I am trying hard to bring across to you is: Depersonarlise the issue. Listen to what the President is saying about the importance of education in this country. I hope, you will agree with him on that. Would people listen first before jumping into conclusions? Whether the President did go to school or not, that is a matter of anothe day. To remind you Jaco and others, we blacks had to sacrifise the very nice and comfort life you had, to fight for this country and to end that draconian system of apartheid and usher this land into democracy you ought to enjoy today. Today, you can go anywhere, play any sport, anywhere,not being banned. You are what you are today, because of the same sacrifice that our brothers and sisters died for. Still, we say, let us move together and make this country work. We still say, this country, belongs to us all. We still say, equal rights to all. What more Jaco? Leave the President alone and join us to move this country forward.

      warren-rodel - 2013-03-14 17:59

      I will move forward with you as soon as Zuma steps down! Can you list your brothers and sisters that died? and can you specify the time and place? Or is this just another story like the one Zuma just told? Its easy to say good things, as Chris Rock said in one of his jokes how someone said that they have never been to prison - quote"Its because you are not supposed to go to prison you idiot!", Education is a basic service that should already have been in place, and talk is cheap from Zuma - howz about getting a delivery date on that one - you know why? because he can"t. I'll tell you something else - don't forget about those R1 mil breakfasts that they keep having (they as in the ANC reps).

      Jaco Whoosh Pearson - 2013-03-14 18:29

      Any person with half a bit of sense knows education is important, so you want me to applaud the president for just stating the obvious as he always does? And enough with the guilt tripping alreaddy, since I won't feel sorry or apologise for anything I was to young to even play a part in. As for moving forward, trust me, we are all trying, but it's kind of hard when almost 60% of your annual income is taken by TAX, and then you have to get your own medical aid, insurance, private security company because the ANC is to.incompitent and corrupt to provide thos services. And then on top of that apartheid, racism and white guilt is thrown in our faces 24/7. And you want us to move forward?

  • Rink Hals - 2013-03-14 18:00

    Maybe the government should stop stealing taxes and use them to develop the education system. As a person from a family that were almost all teachers for over 30 years, this government is an utter joke, and the education system is much worse than a shambles.

  • Winile Locksmith - 2013-03-14 18:21

    All we want Mr. Zuma is action now, yes wht u saying is true & hope both teachers & community especially blacks they r listening. Black communities need to realise free things r not always available sometimes u have work hard to get what u want

  • Tamara Aspeling - 2013-03-14 19:32

    I love the way he makes it sound like getting teacher's and pupil's bums in seats is the only problem facing education! Lol! Zuma, the ANC broke the content of the curriculum, and even with 100% attendence in 100% of schools, that means you'll still be churning out sub par students. Not to mention that you blame unemployment on poor education caused by apartheid. ROFLMAO! He does know that the majority of unemployed / unemployable people in SA are under 25, right? That means, dear Zuma, that they got most of their education on your watch. In fact, anyone who is 19 today can blame their education solely on you. Sir, you are a twit, and the poster child for what education should not be.

  • Rowan Natalie Turner - 2013-03-15 00:56

    "That is why there is a backlog. They down have the skills to be employed" and yet they have priority of white people when it comes to applying and applications being accepted. ( this makes no sense) The problem is so easy to fix..... Take the money spend of Zuma's honestead.

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