Corruption in education must end

RECENT reports allude to collusion between a labour organisation and the Department of Education. Promotions have become a lucrative business, with candidates paying large amounts of money to secure a promotion post.

Such clandestine acts of blatant corruption rob our children and future generations of hope.

Teachers move from level one to level four (principal) because of their cosy relationship with the school governing body (SGB).

Parents who have a limited knowledge of education and educational issues sit on interview committees to decide on the candidates to be promoted. As a concerned parent, I feel this is a great injustice to all our pupils as their future aspirations will be severely compromised.

Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga has called for a moratorium on the filling of all vacant teacher positions until a fair and transparent process has been finalised.

Many people in the education fraternity are hailing this as a bold step forwards with regard to the manner in which promotion positions will be handled in the future.

Until the process is corruption free, however, there can be no system that can be so easily manipulated in favour of a respective applicant to a promotion post like the current one.

Teaching as a profession was once held as a divine, noble calling.

Greed and jostling for positions have drastically eroded the bedrock on which this once highly elevated profession was held.

Unless professionals appoint professionals through a totally independent process without any interference from political parties and trade unions, education will continue to decline with dire consequences for our already depressed economy.

The dismal results in KZN can be attributed­ to the decline in the requisite­ management skills due to the irregular appointments which in many instances are not done on merit.

It’s time to wrest education away from narrow, self-centred individuals who regard education as a doorway to bountiful riches paved with gold and diamonds.

The voice of the people must echo in the corridors of Parliament and every corner of our country that corruption in our education system will never be tolerated.

If common people ignore the inherent deficiencies permeating our present system, future generations will judge us for not allowing them to receive the best education possible.

#corruption in education must fall.


VIJAY SURUJPAL

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