Premier bemoans lack of professionalism

2012-02-21 15:47

Pietermaritzburg - KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize has expressed concerns over the erosion of professionalism in the public service, especially in the education field.

He made the remark while delivering the state of the province address at the Royal Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg on Tuesday.

“We note the co-operation between the department and the unions in the creation of a labour force, but we are concerned about the erosion of professionalism,” said Mkhize.

Matric results

The erosion of professionalism, Mkhize told the audience, was reflected in the poor matric results in the province.

KwaZulu-Natal recorded a 68.1% pass rate, a two percent decline from the previous mark. This, he added, had prompted cabinet to host an imbizo of stakeholders in education.

“This will discuss declining pass rates, existence of unsavoury relations between teachers and learners, and ill-discipline,” said Mkhize, pointing out drunkenness as one instance of ill-discipline.

He declared government’s commitment to ensuring that support was provided to teachers in an effort to improve classroom teaching and integrity.

The imbizo is expected to be held before the end of the first quarter.

Mkhize emphasised that the imbizo and other forms of engagements reflected that education remained a key priority for government.

  • E=MC2 - 2012-02-21 16:01

    by what you said, you're implying that there was a level of professionalism to start with? hahahaha ok then

  • George - 2012-02-21 16:11

    Well You did get rid of all the professional people and replaced them with your wonderful BEE, DID YOU NOT Blame who now?

      E=MC2 - 2012-02-21 16:19

      well said!

  • Shirley - 2012-02-21 16:29

    Professionalism is a word lacking in government vocabulary!

  • Juan - 2012-02-21 16:34

    Well mr premier it's anc loyalty and skin colour before qualifications, what did you expact?

  • braamc - 2012-02-21 16:37


  • jensbirger.giebelmann - 2012-02-21 16:41

    Better late than never, at least after 18 years they realize what the rest of us have known for a long time. Qualification is earned not given!

  • Anthony - 2012-02-21 16:44

    so to speak, like limpopo, they also got no idea what they doing.

  • msfletcher1 - 2012-02-21 17:38

    One must question the role that cadre deployment, affirmative action and BEE play in de-professionalising the public service. What interventions are there to ensure that people in positions of responsibility and authority are professional themselves and that they themselves ensure professionalism in their areas of responsibility? A FISH ROTS FROM THE HEAD.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-02-21 18:08

    Isn't this what the ANC means by "Transformation"?

  • Nick - 2012-02-21 18:15

    I read News24 often and see the same people commenting, to no avail, what can we do to ensure the right people,i.e. the uneducated masses, read and understand what their voted government is doing to them. It is only racists that see racism in the comments. Inefficiency, inability and theft cross colour lines.

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