Quality of education poor: NFP

2013-02-24 18:49

Durban - The quality of education in the country is poor, NFP president Zanele Magwaza-Msibi said on Sunday.

"Our education system is one of the worst in the world," she told hundreds of National Freedom Party supporters in KwaMashu, north of Durban, as the party celebrated its second anniversary.

"On paper, the ANC puts education as its number one priority, but it is failing to implement what it promises."

She said the African National Congress was failing to deliver text-books and stationery, to ensure proper infrastructure in schools, and to pay teachers adequate and decent salaries.

She also criticised the ANC for failing to resolve the problems of poverty and unemployment.

"Political freedom is meaningless to most of our people when they are still caught in economic slavery," Magwaza-Msibi said.

She said the party was opposed to Eskom's proposed 16% tariff increase in each of the next five years.

She also used the opportunity to announced that, for the first time next year, the NFP will contest the general election at national level and in all the provinces.

The party was launched on 25 January 2011, and obtained 2.4% of the national vote and 10.4% of the vote in KwaZulu-Natal in the municipal election that year. The previous general election was in 2009.

Magwaza-Msibi said the party had, since its inception, gained thousands of new members.

  • SharonE - 2013-02-24 18:55

    I love it when an opposition party other than the DA points out government's failings, as there are many and there are many. It makes my day.

      Wild Moon Luna - 2013-02-24 19:07

      Right on. ANC can't colour code the people's voices

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2013-02-24 19:20

      Here is the problem, talk, talk, talk, talk, get some commission and pay them a lot to really tell you what everyone already know then talk, talk, talk, talk, another Zuma marriage, talk, talk, talk, talk, another action plan, another government corruption case, talk about what was already talked about and then talk some more and get a commission to investigate the new talk and then talk again.

      glyn.morgan.96 - 2013-02-24 20:06

      Each opposition party that agrees with the DA in that the anc is not the party to run our country is a plus point for the whole country as well as for the DA! The anc is NOT the party to run our country! Vote DA or any other opposition party! Do NOT vote anc. Boycott the anc. Bury the anc on the dirt of it's failures!

  • debduplessis - 2013-02-24 18:57

    Yip amazing how far we have fallen in 19 years!!! ... matrics no longer recognised overseas for couple years now - not long before tertiary out the window too!

      Wild Moon Luna - 2013-02-24 19:10

      Tertiary education already a circus with ANC policies

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2013-02-24 19:16

      But remember now what the cANCer wants as policy. You fail grade 12 once and after that you pass automatically even with less than 30%. How dumb does one have to be to get less than 30%? .... and then they can become doctors.... I shudder at the thought.

      silvia.vaneck2 - 2013-02-24 22:44

      Deb, too late. Tertiary is already out the window. A lot of countries ask that people write tests overseas to prove their knowledge.

  • willie.dique - 2013-02-24 19:05

    WOW, not just some people are worried. It is time more people stand up to the pathetic government and education departments.

      Wild Moon Luna - 2013-02-24 19:12

      Yes Willie. Say no to ANC colour coding our voices

  • patrick.mahungela - 2013-02-24 19:25

    Zanele why u haven't see it the time u were at ifp if u don't have anything to say ,better guite

      mantsho.tlali - 2013-02-24 21:28

      @Patric Your are the Results of the ANC Education.

  • ChasePotch - 2013-02-24 19:36

    You don't say... Doesn't help that the president of this country doesn't even have matric! - 2013-02-24 19:55

      I think he has standard 4

  • themba.thwala.775 - 2013-02-24 19:40

    The ANC does not value education. That is why the President has never been school, but has been awarded an honorary Grade 6

      themba.thwala.775 - 2013-02-24 19:42

      Make that honorary Grade 5

  • wessel.vermeulen.71 - 2013-02-24 19:42

    Good for her on most points. Everyone is however slaves to the economy. It is the degree of freedom within our slavery that differs. The truth is that the great equaliser is education. Until we are no longer enslaved by a substandard education system, economic freedom will not be possible.

      beertjie.peertjie - 2013-02-24 20:16

      Very good point!

      mantsho.tlali - 2013-02-24 21:31

      @wessel l agree with, and the ANC Knows that.

  • Mandy Casey - 2013-02-24 20:30

    Strength to Zanele and NFP.

  • Sarah - 2013-02-24 20:37

    Saw on the news tonight KZN is sending students to Turkey!!! to become teachers. Has SA gone crazy?

  • Alan Smith - 2013-02-24 20:47

    The cANCer's priority is education - keeping the masses uneducated, they are suceededing brilliantly. That is the only explanation for the education Minister Angie having her position.

  • Theuns Jacobs - 2013-02-24 21:06

    well what did you expect of a 30% pass rate???

  • Simphiwe Tladi - 2013-02-24 21:12

    And what happened to bursaries in Mpumalanga?

  • Thembinkosi Jozie - 2013-02-24 21:15

    The teachers are getting what they deserve. What did they expect when they voted for zuma and angie?

  • mantsho.tlali - 2013-02-24 21:24

    Who is governing this country, A man with Standard B. and we accept our Education to be the best. No way.

  • gerasimos - 2013-02-24 22:05

    What amazes me is that only now after 20 years of ANC rule is everyone waking up to the fact that the ANC has successfully nurtured a generation of uneducated youth. They politicians all send their kids to private "white" schools while shouting racism all the while. What hypocrites!

  • john.tex.395 - 2013-02-24 22:44

    No way Really

  • trevor.roberts.148 - 2013-02-24 23:27

    No child should be given a pass for any subject if the mark acheived is less than 50%.

  • gary.gordon.961993 - 2013-02-25 06:18

    I recall Blade Nzimande (unsure of spelling) remarking to an SABC reporter who wanted to know if he thought all of the adverse publicity would spoil the communist party's chances (this was during last election farce). He was not a cabinet minister of education then and his reply was that "our voters don't read newspapers". This was said with some pride by a currently sitting minister. It makes me wonder if the ANC are not purposely keeping the majority uneducated so that they cannot be swayed by the truth which is still allowed to be printed in this country. If you cannot read the truth you can now get it via (We are being very honest and jolly nice fellows) gupta radio and TV

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2013-02-25 08:59

    Of course our education in this country is poor, its nothing more than a gutter education. We have been trying to tell zuma as well as the minister of basic eduction but she herself is not very bright but she gets away with her position because she is a staunch zuma supporter. Here we have Blade, minister of highter education wanting billions spend on post matric training and graduates. Whats the use of spending this money when the students do not have a proper basic and grounding in education. To get to that level they have to be able to read and write fluently and sadly majority of these graduates dont make the grade. Money needs to be spend at the bottom then make its way to the top, sadly nearly 20 years of this gutter education, students have been given a bad education and a raw deal in life. Spending loads of money at the top wont work, start at the basic stage.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-02-25 10:54

    education poor?. Someone woke up. But be aware lots of students are off to Turkey to become teachers. Yes they are going for four years to become good at teaching Turkish education and Turkish values to no Turkish speaking South African children. So they will all learn to eat goat and Turkish delight. We are fast becoming a joke, we really are.

  • Happy Ndlovu - 2013-03-05 20:58

    NFP Is bluffing, they dont even have education policy.

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