Jane Cowley

Jane Cowley MPL

Born and educated in Queenstown, Eastern Cape. Studied a B.Sc degree at Stellenbosch University, then an HED through UNISA. Started teaching Biology and Maths at Qhayiya Combined school in 1993. Became the Principal of Shaw Park Primary School in 1999 and eventually resigned from teaching in 2011.

I had already started my journey with the DA as a branch chair and simply got more and more excited and involved in the process. I taught Maths (specifically Geometry) to Grade 10 in a Catch-Up programme through the Rhodes University Education Dept Maths Chair, under Prof Marc Schafer, for 4 years. This resulted in a Masters degree in Mathematics Education.

I taught Maths (specifically Geometry) to Grade 10 in a Catch-Up programme through the Rhodes University Education Dept Maths Chair, under Prof Marc Schafer, for four years. This resulted in a Masters degree in Mathematics Education. Became a PR councillor in Ndlambe municipality in 2014. Happily married to Paul for 24 years and have two teenage boys who attend Graeme College in Grahamstown.

I became a PR councillor in Ndlambe municipality in 2014. Happily married to Paul for 24 years and have two teenage boys who attend Graeme College in Grahamstown.

Currently serving as an MPL in the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature as DA Shadow MEC for Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism, and Deputy-Shadow MEC for Education.


LATEST ARTICLES


Madam Speaker, Honourable Premier, Honourable Members of the Legislature, Departmental Officials, and guests in the Gallery, greetings to you all. Guidelines for the provision of boarding facilities in public ordinary schools were released by the Department of Basic Education in 2012. I wish to highlight a few points made in this document. Firstly, the rationale for providing hostels includes improved access to education, access to expanded curriculum, academic and other …


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The front page article “SAA cuts big blow to hunting industry” (Herald, September 12) refers:  The news that the beleaguered SAA is considering curtailing the number of domestic flights to and from the Eastern Cape in order to regain some form of financial stability, is of grave concern. Business chambers in the province have been vocal in recent months about how more flights are required to develop stronger economic ties …


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The recent findings of the Auditor-General for the provincial Department of Education for the 2016/17 financial year, highlight the need for consequence management to be implemented when it comes to the administration of Eastern Cape schools.  For how long must learners suffer the pain of a poor education environment while connected officials remain protected? In a recent presentation to the Education Portfolio Committee, the office of the Auditor-General reported on …


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  As service delivery deteriorates even further in bankrupt Makana, another threat is looming – that of disease.   The municipality is unable to manage the daily waste generated in Grahamstown and has long stopped supplying black bags to indigent households. Illegal dumping has become the norm and many people now live in close proximity to what can only be described as dump sites. A caring government prioritises the needs of …


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In the light of a shocking recent report by the Auditor-General on the financial state of education in the province, it is time for the portfolio committee on education and the legislature to get tough on the implementation of house rules.  Year in and year out the same resolutions get tabled with little outcome. One of the most damning findings of the AG’s report is that it only achieved 20% …


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