The Democratic Alliance concurs wholeheartedly with the decision of the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, to place the Eastern Cape Department of Education under administration. Although the DA is opposed to centralisation, we agree in this case that any intervention that is for the benefit of the learners in this province should be supported.
The DA has warned the department on numerous occasions that it is dysfunctional because it is riddled with people who simply cannot do their jobs.
This department has a leadership and management problem. The solution to the impasse is for a skills audit to be commissioned and a wholesale sacking of people incapable of performing their tasks.
We already had four national interventions without any positive sustainable results. The DA sincerely hopes that this time around this intervention will produce the anticipated outcomes. This department has for far too long failed thousands of disadvantaged leaders. It should be demolished and restarted all over again. The DA will be watching closely to see how this process unfolds.