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Zuma appointed to UN education panel

2012-09-27 07:32

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma has been appointed to serve in United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-Moon's Education First initiative, the presidency said on Wednesday.

Zuma accepted the invitation to be one of ten inaugural member state champions for the initiative, spokesperson Mac Maharaj said in a statement.

"The champions will provide support to the UN SG in order to ensure strong visibility and the success of the initiative."

Zuma was "honoured" by the invitation and satisfied that South Africa's participation would allow the projects to benefit other African countries.

A number of problems have faced education in South Africa recently.

In Limpopo schools did not receive textbooks for the first seven months of the school year. Zuma set up a presidential task team to discover how the delays were caused and find those responsible.

In the Northern Cape, thousands of pupils returned to school this week after protests, not education-related, forced the closure of 41 schools in June.

There have also been reports that 11 000 Eastern Cape teachers could lose their jobs because of a financial shortfall.

Maharaj said the aims of the Education First initiative were very similar to those of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Education Summit, which Zuma hosted in Pretoria.

"The objective of that summit was to reaffirm and demonstrate the international political commitment to provide quality basic education for all by 2015."

According to Education First's website, achieving the Millenium Development Goals for education would be a positive step towards achieving the other goals.

"The Initiative aims to raise the political profile of education, strengthen the global movement to achieve quality education and generate additional and sufficient funding through sustained advocacy efforts."

The steering committee includes Ban, former British prime minister Gordon Brown and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.

Comments
  • Gill McCain - 2012-09-27 07:39

    Please God no, are we not enough of a laughing stock on the world stage already? Do we really need this philandering buffoon putting his ugly potato head above the parapet for all to laugh at?

      vicker.man.3 - 2012-09-27 07:48

      Just another example of what a bunch of idiots the UN really are - I am astounded they can be as stoooooopid as this....

      patson.nedzamba - 2012-09-27 07:53

      The UN has more in common with the ANC. The more you are incompetent the more you are rewarded. Someone pls save us from these generation of leaders!

      gerhard.muller.988 - 2012-09-27 07:59

      Don't you at least have to have a matric to get appointed to an educational panel????????

      fussed.anderson - 2012-09-27 08:02

      OH No If this is there best choice, then the UN is worth S@#it

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-09-27 08:05

      The UN has also appointed the Sunday Rapist to its Ethics committee...

      jackey.moss - 2012-09-27 08:28

      Seems dumping of texbooks will be a worldwide phenominal...And his excuse, kids dont need textbooks, they have Facebook....

      jacobus.m.vantonder - 2012-09-27 08:37

      What do we do when a staff member stuff up.....we keep an eye on him and give him jobs near....

      dnxumalo2 - 2012-09-27 08:56

      Gill McCain the president marries his wives, you are such an insolent troll trying to score stupid points on this platform.

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-09-27 09:30

      These idiots obviously knows nothing about SA and the state of our education system. Political correctness before brains, oh dear.

      whmarais - 2012-09-27 12:21

      Gill....my thoughts exactly. WTF! How can this be possible? Zuma a person who blames the loss of textbooks on apartheid is now on a global educational panel and he doesn't even have standard 6; never mind matric. We are now not only being humiliated on the world stage by our own politicians but also by the UN. I'll bet a week's pay this was done as a joke by one of the UN higher ups to embarrass SA. The president of a country where education is a joke and involves more protests (by students, teachers and parents) than the mining industry; who blames the shortcomings of his political party on apartheid, is now the Top Educational official globally?! What the hell? We live in a culture (ANC members) where youths don't go to school, they protest, the teachers strike, during industry strikes the schools are closed as a political tool by parents, the average Gr.11 student can barely read and write. When the schooling years are over these "students" then expect to sit back and have everything (money, house, car) to fall into their laps, if they don't get what they want; they turn to crime, violent protests, pose as the ANCYL and try to gain a voters incentive with the ANC (votes in return for favours).

      amelia.basson - 2012-09-27 13:08

      Do they no know that he & Angie drove SA's education system into the ditch?

  • greig.saunders - 2012-09-27 07:39

    Oh boy...

      Dave - 2012-09-27 07:53

      Excatly what I said...

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-09-27 08:05

      You know the world is in trouble when...

  • aphiwe.mayola - 2012-09-27 07:41

    Lol, I think its an 'ironic appointment' coz the last time I checked South Africa was regarded as having one of the worst education systems in the world like rated number 140 in the world out of 144 or something like that. Maybe the UN is trying 2 'hint'... Lol. Well done n all the best!

      maretha.mineur - 2012-09-27 07:46

      I also wondered whether they are mocking us, as this appointment can for sure not be meant to be serious?!

      patson.nedzamba - 2012-09-27 07:55

      It also takes a moron to accept such an invitation to serve when they know that their house is such a mess.

      TshilidziPhuravhathu - 2012-09-27 07:58

      I think hes going to be a silent member of the panel...

      jobho.maguni - 2012-09-27 08:22

      "The objective of that summit was to reaffirm and demonstrate the international political commitment to provide quality basic education for all by 2015." This dude can't even deliver textbooks to Limpopo on a deadline given by the courts how is he going to help in this summit by 2015?

  • rkashiri - 2012-09-27 07:41

    The man who heads a country with an education system that is crumbling down. Let alone he turned a blind eye to the crisis. Is this gonna bring positive results/input??

      fussed.anderson - 2012-09-27 08:18

      Are they taking the piss out of him or taking the piss out of them self

  • JanGrimbeek - 2012-09-27 07:43

    He wil be the panels example of what education should not be like.

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-09-27 07:50

      Aaaaahhhhaa! Ban Ki-Moon will keep referring to him as example of what lack of education means, and JZ can then relate his stories as stick-fighting, skirt-chasing goatherder who never valued education, hence his country is in such deep crap. Clever guy this Ban Ki-Moon :)

  • johan.vanhoff - 2012-09-27 07:44

    THOSE UN GUYS JUST DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY ARE LETTING THEMSELVES INTO.

      TshilidziPhuravhathu - 2012-09-27 07:56

      Did they even bother to look at his CV to begin with? all two pages of it...

      patson.nedzamba - 2012-09-27 07:57

      They are as incompetent as the ANC. Merit does not play a role in appointments

      Don.Tandy - 2012-09-27 08:04

      @Tshilidzi - lol - and all that appears on those two pages are the page numbers

      maokeng.mankge - 2012-09-27 08:10

      Highest qualification grade 4..class prepare urselg 4 Gedleihlekisa Mr.Shower man

  • mzwandile.dlamanzi - 2012-09-27 07:46

    The pannel to accompany him on that trip wuill be Angie Motsega and Naledi Pando for obviuous reasons. Lol

      clive.kihn - 2012-09-27 08:30

      Nothing wrong with Pandor, otherwise you are right.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-27 09:55

      cloveK. Pandor started to change the education system to what it is today. So yes, there are lots of things wrong with her too.

      mzwandile.dlamanzi - 2012-09-27 12:29

      Ofcourse pandor ius one of the few who can finish a sentence without a word cadre. What i mean is she can take innitiative.

      mzwandile.dlamanzi - 2012-09-27 12:29

      Ofcourse pandor ius one of the few who can finish a sentence without a word cadre. What i mean is she can take innitiative.

      clive.kihn - 2012-09-27 16:51

      Actually, Jacqui, it was the ANC's Profs Bengu (Bungle) and Asmal who started the decline in the edcucation system, reducing it to the shambles it is today.

  • Desilusionada - 2012-09-27 07:47

    And his next appointment will be to the 2nd School of the Monogamous Faithful, with perhaps a part-time chair at the Eloquence Institute........

  • jp.leroux.33 - 2012-09-27 07:47

    lol, I can just imagine him standing in front of a class teaching sex ed - "Now class don't use a condom, a shower is much more effective!"

  • nectarios.photiou - 2012-09-27 07:48

    No wonder they keep talking about 21-12-12 (The End Of The World) - Oh Well it was good while it lasted - LOL

  • stephen.king.900 - 2012-09-27 07:50

    Just goes to show how screwed up the whole worlds polical system is. Cant for the life of me figure that one out.

  • ianthe.exall - 2012-09-27 07:50

    What!! Well done UN- more credibility lost. Have you no idea of what is going on in the SA education system where President Zuma seems to think all is fine as he has held no-one accountable for the debacle here?

  • maokeng.mankge - 2012-09-27 07:51

    LOL is these a joke.The UN is trying to show the world bwt dis idiot who ddnt finish school..

  • TshilidziPhuravhathu - 2012-09-27 07:53

    Ban Ki-Moon actualy expects the blind to lead the blind? I thought i had seen it all...

  • warwick.railton.7 - 2012-09-27 07:54

    The UN is a toothless mundane irrelevant organization. The cold war is over; the UN is run by third world leaders looking for free handouts from the West but also being used as a platform to attack the West – go figure? The UN has lost all credibility, Zuma will fit in there perfectly, and they are all idiots in suits. Zuma is an uneducated buffoon – makes sense putting his in an educational position – he is a perfect role model on educational & moral standards - not.

      Nicki.Labuschagne - 2012-09-27 08:10

      What a slap in the face of South Africans, parents, teachers and learners! We have no confidence in either the UN or our embattled president who is so busy trying to put out fires that he has completely lost touch with reality. South Africa needs a miracle, not another empty promise.

  • gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-09-27 07:54

    Oh, yes! With a proud record like we have in Education, ZZZZZZZ is just the man for the job! Ban Ki Moon, you have your head so deep up your own ass you do not know whether itis day or night. ZZZZZZ can't even handle education in South Africa. It's again like appointing Bob Mugabe as the Tourism whatever of the UN.

  • koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-09-27 07:55

    WHAT? Did they check his credentials? Hahahahaha can already see him spearheading sex education.

  • André Lombard - 2012-09-27 07:56

    Have I missed something? Is it the 1st of April? A guy with Standard 2 who is unable to properly oversee his own minister of education is to champion a cause on education? He must believe his honourary doctorate was earned. Just like his comrades have earned the millions they have stolen.

      koko.sandy.75 - 2012-09-27 08:59

      lol, u r quick to tell look in the mirror and see whats behind u. uso called white people u think u know it all and damn my foot u r all useless.? did ur education do which is better than today,it didnt give those books u blubbling about, didnt build schools that u can comment about today and stealing money( laundering)is what ur architect of apartheid was good at. so pleaaaaase jack ass clean ur houses before all of u want to comment about today.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-27 09:58

      Koko.sandy.75. You sound almost as funny as Zuma's appointment. Get a life.

  • Simphiwe - 2012-09-27 07:57

    This is indeed a tremendous honour for both Zuma

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-09-27 08:15

      There is honor in embarrassment? I’d feel better if you said: “This is tremendously politically correct” or even “It was very honorable for the UN to give this position to Zuma to reflect the world’s demographics”. There are many more qualified and better suited Africans that would be better suited to that position that would actually count for something. The words criminality, corruption and impregnation do not qualify you for such a position so obviously there must be some other obscure reason for his appointment to the position but I doubt that honor has got anything to do with it.

      clive.kihn - 2012-09-27 08:32

      I presume you are being sarcastic, Simphiwe?

      whmarais - 2012-09-27 12:30

      Another BEE perfect example of BEE in action. Skin color, not skill, qualifications, experience or intelligence; determines who gets the job. Wonder what they call this in the UN? Perhaps UNBEE? Or does it fall under the simian policy?

  • max.maxwell - 2012-09-27 07:59

    Sponsored by Barnum & Bailey no doubt!

      clive.kihn - 2012-09-27 08:33

      He wouldn't know who B&B are!

  • gerhard.borcherds - 2012-09-27 08:00

    Appointing the Showerman to a UN Education Panel is like electing Jackie Selebi the President of Interpol! Oh wait, he was (from 2004-2008).

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-09-27 08:05

      Make you wonder who is their advisor on education, Spongebob squarepants?

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2012-09-27 08:01

    World war 3 is just around the corner.

  • Don.Tandy - 2012-09-27 08:02

    Isn't that a bit like seeking political advice from Gadaffi, or ethics advice from fatboy?

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2012-09-27 08:02

    They feel sorry for him i suppose

  • francois.viljoen.12 - 2012-09-27 08:05

    face-palm!!!, The UN is really the worlds laughing stock after all...

  • wilhelm.grobbelaar - 2012-09-27 08:08

    Maybe its so that zuma can get the education that he obviously didn't get with his grade 2 certificate.

  • gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-09-27 08:09

    What an ugly son of a ............

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-09-27 08:29

      Agreed and I swear his eyes are going more skew and outwards every day. One of these days he is going to become a chameleon.

  • Perfume5 - 2012-09-27 08:10

    I doubt the UN educational panel will have him speak much.

  • attie.gerber.1 - 2012-09-27 08:11

    zuma cannot even sort out his own education problems in this country how is he going to do it out side of s a. mac you are also clawing to straw. everything that is a failure get put out by a number of years. your govt has had 18 years to improve the education system in s a, but is going backward. no you are looking a 2015, by then it would have failed further the you move the goal post to 2018. stop your failures first then you can set dates.

  • maokeng.mankge - 2012-09-27 08:12

    The highest qualification he holds frm primary is Grade 4 with Zulu,drawing,shower n wives

  • Ashley - 2012-09-27 08:14

    Whattttt? Is this a joke? Is it because of our excellent education system? Trend setters....lol....pathetic.....

  • lsfreak - 2012-09-27 08:15

    Does this mean that he is going back to school to get past std 2... If not the UN big wigs need a daily laugh and this is one big comedy show. Wonder if we stand in line for some award for 18yrs service to the world :D

  • Eric Mdudus Shaku - 2012-09-27 08:18

    Zuma is going far places,world celebrity .

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-09-27 08:30

      Let’s hope the world hides its daughters.

      lsfreak - 2012-09-27 08:36

      Yeah Eric, but who's paying for da trip?

  • Pride Mkansi - 2012-09-27 08:24

    Zuma and Education,now thats a Joke

  • J.A.Rademan - 2012-09-27 08:26

    Just proves that the UN is a toothless organisation. Appointing a person who is the leader of an organisation that is directly responsible for this tragedy, is like appointing a pedophile to look after your children. Moronic comes to mind.

  • clive.kihn - 2012-09-27 08:28

    Given the appalling standard of education in our govt schools, this provides further proof of the farce the UN is. A bit like when Zim was on the food security commitee, and Libya (under Gadaffi) a member of the human rights commitee.

  • social12345 - 2012-09-27 08:28

    Zoomer? the only President in the World with practically ZERO education, leading a UN initiative on Education? - The World has finally gone stark raving MAD?

  • millionwatts1 - 2012-09-27 08:30

    If anyone was still taking the UN seriously out there, well there you have it.

  • jacobus.m.vantonder - 2012-09-27 08:33

    One way to keep an eye on someone is to keep them near.....

  • B.b. - 2012-09-27 08:36

    Nice one. Still the FYL took him to that position lol funny,,,that's y Malema is crying too much it's because he ddn't realise that Zuma will more than being a president of this country lmaoo. Now he's jealous I can see that. Lol lol lol

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-09-27 08:49

      Well we can always elect Malema to the UN’s counsel for food, BBQ, KFC and Nando’s.

  • Daniel Mah - 2012-09-27 08:40

    oh well its UN after all - most useless organization

  • donald.dykman - 2012-09-27 08:42

    How f-ing ironic can't fix education in his own country.

  • Kekeletso.nax - 2012-09-27 08:49

    What a joke this is!

  • peter.jefferies.90 - 2012-09-27 08:51

    HAhahahahahaaaaaaaaa I haven't laughed this hard since I was a little girl!!! This is a joke right??:)

  • fdalana - 2012-09-27 08:55

    more material for comedians.

  • rockafella.funksatar - 2012-09-27 08:57

    the U.N is just trowing a bone to the mat.!...........\r\nRoll over msholozi roll over *im sure his tail is wagging / mybe the spear\.

  • cyanideandhappiness - 2012-09-27 08:58

    This is gonna fail miserably...

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-09-27 08:59

    Face palm slap!!!

  • cyanideandhappiness - 2012-09-27 09:01

    Here's how this works, Zuma is part of a nice club of ****s who want a new world order, and he has succeeded nicely at crushing education in this country, insuring the population is only fit for manual labour, and so his reward is a promotion to go do the exact same thing all over the world. The UN do nothing but stir the pot...

  • manjay.gates - 2012-09-27 09:02

    Congratulation to President Zuma!! At least UN saw some potential in him unlike our SA racists, self-hating nation!! SA people are forever moaning and complaining just about anything, bunch of idiots! Nx

      JamesMWood - 2012-09-27 09:07

      Viva ANCant's viva

      koko.sandy.75 - 2012-09-27 09:09

      thumbs up my manjay, sometimes this rainbow nation is irritating. when these so called better idiots think they superfine and damn they're not, idiot as ever.none of them ever being part of UN never even put this country on world as it is today, but nooooooooo what they good @ is critics as if they are angels.

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-09-27 12:09

      @koko.sandy.75: No Sandy you got it wrong. It is not racist at all. See if this was done here it would be politically correct, accepted and be left at that (this is SA and it doesn’t matter if you know how to do the job or not) BUT for the world to get down on its knees in this fashion to politically correctness and putting him of all people into a position of authority on the world stage concerning education off all things is an insult to every human being with an IQ higher then 60.

      whmarais - 2012-09-27 12:38

      Another BEE perfect example of BEE in action. Skin color, not skill, qualifications, experience or intelligence; determines who gets the job. Wonder what they call this in the UN? Perhaps UNBEE? Or does it fall under the simian policy? WTF! How can this be possible? Zuma a person who blames the loss of textbooks on apartheid is now on a global educational panel and he doesn't even have standard 3 (5th grade primary school); never mind matric (finished secondary or senior). We are now not only being humiliated on the world stage by our own politicians but also by the UN. I'll bet a week's pay this was done as a joke by one of the UN higher ups to embarrass SA. The president of a country where education is a joke and involves more protests (by students, teachers and parents) than the mining industry; who blames the shortcomings of his political party on apartheid, is now the Top Educational official globally?! What the hell? We live in a culture (ANC members) where african youths in SA don't go to school, they protest, the teachers strike, during industry strikes the schools are closed as a political tool by parents, the average Gr.11 student can barely read and write. When the schooling years are over these "students" then expect to sit back and have everything (money, house, car) to fall into their laps, if they don't get what they want; they turn to crime, violent protests, pose as the ANCYL and try to gain a voters incentive with the ANC (votes in return for favours).

      clive.kihn - 2012-09-27 16:53

      We sure have plenty to moan about, Manjay, when it comes to education. At least Zuma will be able to tell them how NOT to do it.