Education a passion - Zuma

2011-12-11 22:42

Johannesburg - Education was a major priority for the government, President Jacob Zuma said in Benin on Sunday.

Zuma was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Abomey-Calavi in Cotonou, Benin.

"We have obtained our political freedom. To go further and achieve the economic freedom we so desire, we have so decided to invest in education and skills development," Zuma said in his acceptance speech prepared for delivery.

Education received the biggest share of the country's budget.

In 2010/2011 government allocated R65bn to the department of basic education and higher education and training. This was R17bn more than in 2009/2010, said Zuma.

The number of children who did not pay school fees because of poverty had increased from 5.2 million to over 14 million.

"This will raise the school enrolment of children aged seven to 15 in my country to 98 percent by 2014, which will also help us, meet millennium development goals obligations and also help many South Africans to be active role players in advancement of our democracy," said Zuma.

Zuma said he was passionate about education because of his inability to get the education he desired.

"This passion makes me to strive tirelessly towards ensuring that every child who wants to learn obtains the opportunity to do so," he said.

Zuma was on a one-day State visit to the West African country.

Foreign news agency Agence France-Presse reported that Zuma had met Benin President Thomas Boni Yayi on Sunday and the two signed off on a co-operation deal aimed at boosting flights between the two countries.

Agreements reached during the visit were also expected to eliminate the need for visas for citizens of either country visiting the other.

  • Swapie - 2011-12-11 22:55

    The number of children who did not pay school fees because of poverty had increased from 5.2 million to over 14 million. Meaning the people are just getting poorer and poorer. Or breeding more. CONDOMISE, PEOPLE!

      Dave - 2011-12-11 23:09

      Or it means that less children are being left out. Although we do have serious problems in our education system, at least the tides are changing for the better. Dave

      John - 2011-12-11 23:31

      I dont believe Zuma! Educate your own VIP Goons! The Blue Light Brigade Strikes Again! Friday, 09 of December, cars on the highway from Durban gave way to a political convoy with blue lights. Remembering 1 man killed by the Blue Light Brigade in Durban, and another in Jo'burg, I protested those murders and raised my finger as they drove past. They proceeded to block me and lunge their cars at me, as I swerved, slowed and pulled away. I held strong and steadfast in my protest! My family, however, were badly shaken. It is time that the ANC realizes that they are not above criticism and rejection, and also NOT ABOVE THE LAW! I expected them to zap me back, or even lay misdemeanor charges against me. But the public harassment and bullying shows that these mental's are in a mindset of their own. They need to be banished to Antarctica!

      Azande - 2011-12-11 23:45

      @John, one friendly advice to you. if u value yo life and yo family, avoid crossing paths with those bluelight chaps, they can easily make yo life and yo family's miserable and get away with it.

      Geronimo - 2011-12-12 00:23

      @Azande, puhleease why should we "fear for our lives" (or the lives of our families) from anyone in our civilised, open and democratic society? Or are you suggesting we don't live in one, like how the Germans had to watch out for the Brown shirts in the 20s and 30s?

      Azande - 2011-12-12 01:39

      @geronimo, we don’t have to fear for our lives. this is our country and we have every right to challenge unbecoming behaviour. It was just a warning. The security guys can be nasty, I know. if u noticed my comment, i said "advice" which means one can choose to take or not to.

  • TheWatcher - 2011-12-11 23:55

    this is all talk. We want results or at least signs that something is being done. "... ensuring that every child who wants to learn obtains the opportunity to do so," - I find very few who actually want learn out in the township schools, the teachers are terrible and this demotivates learners. There are some rays of hope and some brilliant teachers and pupils but they are few and far between and for the most part I'm sad to say education in this country has failed dismally.

      Spyker - 2011-12-12 02:40

      I agree - just more psychobabble... If he had such a noble passionate for education.., why does his son Duduzane Zuma have no meaningful education, yet he exclusively exploits 'daddy's' position for personal enrichment.., nor does his 300kg nephew Khulubuse Zuma, who sips on Johnnie Walker Gold and gulps away double portions of roast lamb, while he refuses to pay the starving workers of Aurora mines... Both were 'nobodies' before Zuma ousted that other common crook - Thabo Mbeki (the one who pillages Defence Contracts, while his people died like flies of a disease called Aids, one that he still denies exists) - then suddenly they acquired untold riches, virtually overnight.

      Francois - 2011-12-12 06:33

      Spyker May, firstly the Zumas' lack of education shows all through their dealings from Jakop's lack of personal financial management to Duduzane. Then if education is such a priority for Zuma, why are teachers not in the class teaching? Oops he needs Cosatu who needs Sadtu and after 17 years of democracy the great coloring project of government did only that, it changed the race composition of teachers and admin the dept of education, but the children, specifically those in townships are worse off than 17 years ago. Did Zuma told Motshekga to get back to her job to educate the children when she was dancing outside the court to support him? No he embraced her for her support, probably took a shower afterwards and another day to see to better eduction (well maybe not for Motshekga in person) was lost.

      Vicker - 2011-12-12 07:45

      "Education was a major priority for the government"...Yeah it really shows...

  • Juicecard - 2011-12-12 00:08

    "Doctor Jacob Zuma" hope the newly acquired stutus will be reflected in your thinking Mr Prez.

  • Motho - 2011-12-12 00:13

    Viva JZ Viva!

      John - 2011-12-12 05:11

      Motho, looks like you need some of this "passionate about education" your idol is raving about.

  • Geronimo - 2011-12-12 00:18

    Jeez now even Zuma is banging on about this "economic freedom" pie in the sky. The last I checked, absolutely ANYONE in SA is entitled to get off their backsides and make a living for themselves - but be prepared to work for it! No-one is owed anything in this life.

      John - 2011-12-12 04:46

      Geronimo, M'beki's brother Moeletsi Mbeki a professor had this to say about BEE This article enhances what you commented.

  • Azande - 2011-12-12 02:10

    Introduce a compulsory school attendance policy for all kids under the age of 18. Every kid seen wandering around streets during school hours must be punished and/or his/her parents must account.

      John - 2011-12-12 04:59

      Azande, When I was a kid, in the 50's, this was law. If I ever played "hookie" my parents had to explain why I wasn't at school. During my apprenticeship if i was found staying away without a doctors note, my app; was cancelled. Hence no Trade Test and no qualification. Our government(fatso) has created a culture of nepotism, but he "is passionate about education" arse. Practice what you preach, eg: your son.

      Azande - 2011-12-12 09:38

      @Thailand, that was a very good way of making sure the nation is educated. Unfortunately it is now an extinct system, sadly though. We are toooo democratic and applying human rights in a very peculiar way. Now giving your kid a hiding for misbehaviour can be viewed as child abuse. kids have rights which are destroying them. Where do we go from here? **big sigh**

  • Smell - 2011-12-12 05:20

    That is true. Mr. Zuma was denied a proper education because of Apartheid. And he did not turn into Robert Mugabe. Good on you Mr, Zuma. If you can learn to reject the visions of both PW Botha and Robert Mugabe I would consider voting for you.

      Andries - 2011-12-12 06:44

      Why and how was Zuma denied an education by "apartheid"? What nonsense you spread. AND WHERE DID NESLOSN MANDELA GET HIS SCHOOL AND UNIVERSITY EDUCATION FROM AND TO BECOME A WELL-KNOWN AND RICH LAWYER?

      Kevin - 2011-12-12 09:34

      Dear Smell, perhaps Mr Zuma WAS denied an education by Apartheid. (Although I'm starting to get tired of hearing about Apartheid, we haven't had it in this Country for about 17 years now.) But why is he denying the next generation an education? The schools are a mess - no books, badly trained teachers (those who DO attend class, there are many who get paid but don't pitch or can't teach). Just look at the literacy levels in our schools as per the latest reports - well down from the standards when the ANC took over running our Country. I don't care which visions he rejects, Mr Pres needs to deal with reality. That is that SA has the worst education levels in Southern Africa - even Zim is better!!

      Jacqui - 2011-12-12 09:35

      Dear Lord, save us from the foolish.

  • Ben - 2011-12-12 05:56

    Passionate about education. Could have fooled me.

  • nonelelap - 2011-12-12 06:14

    What a joke, where were all these speeches, media articles, corrupt officials firing and good work two years ago? I(we) aint that stupid JZ and the crew we know you doing all of this because of the upcoming elections. What a campaign strategy though "bloody agent".

      John - 2011-12-12 06:47

      Exactly, that's all it is, electioneering to the uneducated masses who dogmatically vote ANC without giving a thought to all the previous NON FULL FILLED promises.

  • eddiedaveymusician - 2011-12-12 06:28

    Dear Prez, a great man (like you) knows when he needs further education and more knowledge. One is NEVER too old to improve one's knowledge base. Set a superb example to the entire country and population, and immediately enrol at Unisa (or other institution) for a firm-schooling and degree instead of only receiving honory awards and pseudo-qualifications. You CAN do it and it is NO SHAME whatsoever if one did not have the opportunities as a yong person to have had access to education. I trust that you will accept this well-meant advise (and with respecet)whic is given in good faith and I am looking forward to playing the pipe organ at Unisa for your graduation ceremony(ies)- as I did for Madiba. We are watching this space! ???

  • Breinlekkasie - 2011-12-12 06:59

    Yes we can see that! Undisciplined teachers, striking teachers, failure to deliver text books and stationary to schools on time, shortage of properly trained teachers, closed down education collages and finally dropping the education standards to levels lower than banto education. Tell us about your passion for education again? Even better, don’t tell us about your passion for education but SHOW as your passion for education. A good place to start is move the budget for those to luxury jets you plan to pay into the education budget. Seriously if you move that budget even I will believe you

  • Kevin - 2011-12-12 07:15

    Is his "lack of education" his excuse for BEE coming a criminal...?

  • Ian - 2011-12-12 07:16

    Mr Zuma, we are sorry that you didn't have the chance to get educated, however you are now, by some miraculous twist of fate, president of our country, so you do have the opportunity to get an education now, please use it! " 15 in my country to 98 percent..." <--- its not your country, your just organising it and running it for the rest of us, it's still OUR country. "...of our democracy..." <--- please remember it is OURS instead of YOURS. Lets just hope that the money actually goes towards educating those not previously privileged enough to be educated instead of going towards cars for principals etc etc. By the way, honorary doctorate for what?

      Waldemar - 2011-12-12 07:31

      Well said

  • Jason - 2011-12-12 07:54

    Really how many years in does he start making noise about improving education 4 years... elections are coming... funny that. How many 100's of millions spend on his own house, fact is nothing has been done for education in last decade, bursary's at university level doesn't help if they not getting the proper education at grass routes level.

  • jody.beggs - 2011-12-12 08:07

    What a joke , does he really expect people to believe his cr@p now ..... ? He's just fishing for votes , if he was really interested in bettering the people the 500 mil spent on a party should have been spend on education instead of caviar and champaign . Damn the man, save the rainbow nation.

  • colin.dovey - 2011-12-12 08:46

    The KEY to education in SA is FREE HIGH SPEED ADSL Internet to every corner of SA. Once this is achieved, teaching can reach every remote corner, every village, every hut, every mind with a WORLD CLASS education. The tools are there for FREE for us to become tops in the world Maths and Science. But what is holding it all back is the TELKOM monopoly - they hold the future of YOUR children in their hands. People who are left behind in this technological age will not have jobs in the years to come. We ALL need to speak out about POOR Internet coverage....not just for the elite, and those who can afford it........I can teach Maths....and get MANY kids a distinction in 2012......who is going to join hands with me in my quest?

      Azande - 2011-12-12 09:49

      Good point Xavier. Broadband Infraco was established in 2007 as a SOE. Its mandate was to put broadband to ensure that every corner in the country has access to the technology stream. All in an effort to address your point exactly and bridge the digital divide. The network roadmap is there and very good looking but so far though.....nothing much has happened.

  • Jacqui - 2011-12-12 09:32

    Have you ever noticed the dirty blackboards when you see a classroom on television? The teachers never wash them and give the a swipe with a brus and that is all. Then look at the state of the classrooms, what decent education can be given there?. Like usual Zuma confuse reality with futile dreams.

      Jacqui - 2011-12-12 09:37

      That was suppose to be brush of course. All you highly intelligent people knew that, I am sure.

  • Leon - 2011-12-12 09:38

    Blame the ANC and Nelson Mandela on you not getting a proper education... remember the "revolution before education"???

  • VoiceOfReason - 2011-12-12 14:15

    Zuma's school report read "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink" "if he paid as much attention to his studies as he did to the girls and stealing school equipment then he'd be getting an A."

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