ANC: Eastern Cape education needs new culture

2012-08-13 16:14

Johannesburg - The Eastern Cape education department needs to develop a new culture to help accelerate turnaround strategies, the provincial ANC said on Monday.

"The ANC believes that at the core of the education problems in the province is the absence of an institutional culture that is harmonious to the values and the type of education system we need to build," it said in a statement.

"The infrastructure development programme for the department of education needs to be accelerated."
It said the African National Congress decided at its provincial lekgotla at the weekend to play a more visible role in furthering education.

"Through its education sub-committee, the ANC will be central in monitoring the implementation of a turnaround strategy on a continuous basis," it said.

"To this end, the ANC will also strengthen its branches to actively play a critical role in ensuring education is a societal matter and that parents play a critical role in the delivery of education."

Last year, the national department of basic education intervened in the province.

It found that most of the problems there related to governance, and financial and administrative problems.

ANC to create organisations to deal with problems

Statistics showed that there was a 15% decline in education performance in the Eastern Cape in 2010/11, while other provinces had improved.

Last month, the Democratic Alliance said thousands of textbooks had been burnt at a warehouse in Fort Beaufort, and that many pupils had not received workbooks in the correct languages.

The ANC said it would create organisations to deal with education in the province.

"The ANC will launch organs for people’s education in the form of the provincial education co-ordinating committee, to be constituted by progressive education stakeholders in the province," it said.

"These structures will be replicated in the regions and branches... [and] will complement the work of the organs for people’s power in the education sector, like SGBs [school governing bodies] and councils."

The ANC had also resolved at its lekgotla to investigate problems around land acquisition in the province.

"Provincial government and legislature must harmonise all old legislation that hinders land acquisition and development, especially in the former homelands areas," it said.

"Government must audit and release land for development, speed up implementation of land disposal policy, [and] also utilise the housing development agency to perform the land audit."

  • nicolas.gombert.16 - 2012-08-13 16:24

    Easy: get rid of SADTU.

      godfrey.welman - 2012-08-13 16:57

      ....and corruption in the form of cadre deployment.

  • boffin.bobreturns - 2012-08-13 16:26

    Lol....It's not only the EC Education that needs a new culture !

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-13 16:37

      Why does the ANC only look at the problems after the fact?

      nrgx.nrg - 2012-08-13 16:57

      and what will come of this....NOTHING! what structures will be changed...NONE! Who will be fired...NOBODY! and the only people who suffer are the children! shame on you anc...SHAME!

  • michael.i.wright - 2012-08-13 16:38

    They plan on bringing in a petri dish of the stuff from Limpopo?

  • bongani.khumalo.967422 - 2012-08-13 16:42

    put a few competent people into that department. get rid of the incompetent comrades on the gravy train. find a few literate people

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-08-13 16:54

    Right, Gerhard. Because, as I see it, the temptations of power have so far brought into prominence naive realists - people who attribute one physical thing to another e.g. AIDS is caused by poverty; jobs are created by transferring existing ones. There are signs in hierarchy that this is changing: I prefer the analytical and sequential thinking shown by Mthembu and Motlanthe. These two, for instance, are also younger; Mthembu is 54. Buthelezi, Mandela, Routledge-Mdlala and Dlamini-Zuma are sequential thinkers; they were a danger to the gridlock of greed and denial. But I'm optimistic.

  • jurgen.eksteen - 2012-08-13 16:58

    Yes, Western Culture (aka Hard Work, Self respect, Decency, etc )

  • koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-08-13 18:16

    WOW such big words for them. Wonder if they even comprehend what they saying. Throw more resources at it BUT don’t fix the problem. So cANCer of them. Bring on Pedi education. Apparently there is a lot less words in that language.

  • cj.venter - 2012-08-14 06:48

    they don't need a new culture, they need just a little bit of culture, lol.

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