Edmund van Vuuren, DA Eastern Cape spokesperson on education.

The Democratic Alliance is launching a campaign to expose under-resourced schools to find out how wasteful expenditure, corruption and poor management are ruining our education system. Dr. Wilmot James, the DA’s Shadow Minister of Basic Education, will visit every province within the course of a year, but will prioritize the Eastern Cape, Limpopo, Northwest and Mpumalanga. The campaign aims to use all instruments the DA can muster as an opposition party to improve the quality of our education by exposing bad practises and putting forward working alternatives, especially those that are being incorporated in the province where we govern, the Western Cape.

Dr. James will start his campaign by joining the DA’s Eastern Cape spokesperson on education, Edmund van Vuuren, MPL and visiting one of the seven mud schools in the Eastern Cape that are taking the government to court because of its alleged failure to provide adequate infrastructure. If the court hears this case, it could set a national precedent defining the quality of education that our government will be constitutionally obliged to provide. The DA believes that it is crucial that all children enjoy their educational rights in a substantive way, and that we as an opposition party can help spur the government to act in securing those rights.

Dr James and Mr van Vuuren will be visiting Nomandla Senior Primary in Mabhaleni at 11am on Friday.

Date: Friday 15 October 2010

Time: 11h00

Venue: Nomandla Senior Primary, Mabhaleni (Eastern Cape)