Zuma upbeat over E Cape education woes

2011-09-14 17:55

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma is upbeat the beleaguered education system in the Eastern Cape will soon be improved.

"I am very happy that the biggest stumbling block has been removed, that of delineating roles, responsibility and accountability," Zuma was quoted by the presidency as saying in Cape Town on Tuesday night.

Zuma was meeting a presidential task team, set up to look into the problems in education in the province.

"Now that these have been clarified, all teams must get down to serious work."

However, there was "a lot" that still needed to be corrected, Zuma reportedly told the meeting.

Among other things, poorer students deserved better quality service, like all other children. "They must not be further disadvantaged," Zuma said.

The task team said problems facing the province included the need to prepare Grade 12 students for their final year exams, and decentralising the nutritional plan.

Solution in sight

This would require facilities for feeding, cooking utensils, acquiring the correct quality and quantity of food, as well as financial management and accountability.

The team found the shortage of stationery, textbooks and furniture a "matter of extreme urgency".

Getting children to schools, when many of them lived in remote areas with no access to alternative transport, was a bugbear that needed to be dealt with.

Other problems involved filling vacant posts at schools with special needs students, reversing irregular salary increases and filling substitute posts on time.

Zuma said: "We wish the province well in this mammoth task. Education in the province has faced challenges over a long period of time, but finally a solution is in sight and we will succeed, working together."

The task team set up to deal with the crisis would include ministers: Angie Motshekga (basic education), Pravin Gordhan (finance), Jeff Radebe (justice and constitutional development), Blade Nzimande (higher education) and Richard Baloyi (public service and administration).

Provincial MECs would also form part of the task team, which would meet again in six weeks.

  • letsee - 2011-09-14 18:11

    Without demerit to the accomplishments of the Eastern Cape, what about the rest of the country? What about hospitals? There are some basic and expected public services that have been neglected beyond the acceptable while roads, trains, stadiums, airports have been built and the public have to pay over and above existing taxes and while some people become filthy rich. This is not competence in government Mr. President.

      Francois - 2011-09-14 19:20

      Letsee, I think that we are seeing more and more evidance that, contrary to popular believe, SA could get a head of state more stupid than PW Botha.

  • sipholess - 2011-09-14 18:16

    Like Zumazot cares about education, I dont think so !!!!!!!

  • Ben - 2011-09-14 18:18

    Our government lives in Cuckoo land

  • BigMoose - 2011-09-14 18:30

    They meet again in six weeks? WTF are they doing in the interim?

      Ron - 2011-09-14 18:47

      Getting paid that whaet

      Ron - 2011-09-14 18:47


  • Ripley - 2011-09-14 18:37

    I'm more than a little confused. Since when does JZ think he's qualified to pass any valid comment on any educational matter ?? Surely such things should be left to someone with a bit more than a standard 3 pass ?

  • Bart Zimzon - 2011-09-14 19:49

    easy to be upbeat ! keep up the fake.

  • Ula Gillion - 2011-09-14 20:26 in action again. Upbeat? Really? How is this possible while education of our children must still take a backseat to cadre deployment?

  • Vela Stardust - 2011-09-14 20:54

    More promises! President of promises. Remember 'year of the job'? Promise to fix education in the Eastern Cape? When?

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-09-14 21:06

    What a joke! You have commy comrade Blade enriching himself,teachers sleeping with kids,....yeah -- must be the Jacob way

  • Vernon - 2011-09-14 21:35

    which 'head of department' told you this!!

  • Alice - 2011-09-14 21:44

    Has anyone noticed that the Rejoicing always happens in the planning, and not, after the fact!

  • IsThatAFact - 2011-09-15 03:14

    Transport = finger in the pie Feeding scheme = finger in the pie Stationery Textbooks = finger in the pie

  • meddie.kalumba - 2012-04-27 10:29

    Mr President these public remarks/lip service will not help those poor kids. Politics entagled with corruption underlies what is happening in the EC dept of Education and to precise in the entire province. Its now about politics of the stomach and the rest to see for themselves. Plz, address the source of the problem insteady of cosmetic the situation. Thanx.

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