Verwoerd's 'bantu education' still alive - DA

2016-05-10 21:01
Hendrik Verwoerd (Picture: AFP)

Hendrik Verwoerd (Picture: AFP)

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Cape Town – Hendrik Verwoerd's policies on “bantu education” did not die with him, DA MP, Gavin Davis, said in Parliament on Tuesday.

"Because, if you are a poor, black child, your chances of getting a decent education in a democratic South Africa remain almost non-existent," Davis said in reply to Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga's budget vote speech on Tuesday.

Speaking in the chamber where Verwoerd was assassinated on September 6 1966 by an employee of Parliament, Demitri Tsafendas, Davis said Verwoerd might be dead, but his ghost was alive and well in the chamber.

"The only thing tragic about that day was that Verwoerd’s policies didn’t die with him," said Davis.

Can't teach, won't teach

The matric pass rate in affluent areas had risen to above 90% in the past three years, but in poorer areas, it dropped from 70.3% to 61.6%

In these schools, the science pass rate dropped from 60.5% to 49.9% and maths from 48.6% to 36.9%.
It could not be because of funding because the state spent six times more on schools in poorer areas, he continued.

"So how is that, two decades into our democracy, poor black children are falling behind? The answer lies in the quantity and quality of teaching," Davis said.

He encouraged Motshekga to follow through with her plans to licence and professionalise teachers to deal with other teachers who can't teach or won't teach, but warned that the SA Democratic Teachers Union's  (Sadtu)"protection racket" would shield these teachers.

Cash for jobs

He hoped that Motshekga's delaying of the release of the report into the “cash for jobs” allegations did not mean Sadtu had captured her.

Motshekga announced earlier that based on legal advice, the report would be delayed until at least May 20 to give Sadtu time to study it.

The probe was commissioned after a City Press report that a principal's post could be bought for R30 000 and a teacher's job for R6 000 or livestock.

But Deputy Education Minister Enver Surty sang the department's praises, saying eight out of 10 children now go to no-fee schools and more than 10 million children are fed by school feeding schemes.

Towards the end of the debate the DA and ANC argued with each other over who Verwoerd belonged to.

"Don't dump him here. He's yours," said one ANC MP.

The DA objected and chairperson, Pinky Phosa, said it was a matter for debate, not a point of order. "Case closed," she said and moved on.

Read more on:    da  |  hendrik verwoerd  |  cape town  |  racism  |  parliament 2016  |  education

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