IFP calls for debate on education 'shortcomings' in KZN

2016-01-11 10:55

Durban – The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) has called for a debate on current education sector "shortcomings", saying the education system is "failing millions".

In a statement, IFP education spokesperson Thembeni Madlopha-Mthethwa said it was important that education was adequately discussed.

"A candid and objective assessment will acknowledge that our education system is failing millions of our children in several parts of the country. If we are to improve the matric results across the board, we need to look at what the best performing provinces are doing right and what the worst performers are doing wrong.

"An urgent debate on the quality of school education is one that we need to have for the sake of our children and the future of our province and country," Madlopha-Mthethwa said.

According to Madlopha-Mthethwa there was a need to "assure quality throughout the process, rather than just inspecting it at the end of the production line".

"A consensus needs to be built around the purpose of schooling and how it fits within the overall education of pupils. We need to define better the aims and purposes of schooling.

"We want education to be everyone’s business, involving the department, parents, teachers, the business sector and the community.

"Schools shouldn’t be state-sponsored nurseries. If we are serious about the future of our children, then we must be honest in our analysis of the shortcomings and devise creative strategies that will result in improved outcomes at our schools," said Mdlopha-Mthethwa.

The KwaZulu-Natal matric pass rate dropped 9%, to 60.7%, in 2015.

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