EC Education MEC must prioritize learners with disabilities

The Democratic Alliance urges the MEC for Education, Mandla Makupula, to urgently prioritize the needs of learners with disabilities in the Eastern Cape.

A response to a parliamentary question reveals that 1164 learners with disabilities are on the waiting list to attend schools in Nelson Mandela Bay. To view the response, please click here:

Another response indicates that the vast OR Tambo region only has five special schools. Many do not have a hostel facility to accommodate special needs learners who do not reside within a close proximity of the schools. To view the response, please click here:

The latest Statistics South Africa report on Vulnerable Groups reveals that the Eastern Cape has the third highest percentage of children living with disabilities in the country (14,5%). Children who are not attending school in rural areas mostly indicated that they do not attend because they are disabled or unable to perform at school. 12,2% indicated that they have a disability which prevents them from attending school.

All children have the right to an education and a child’s access to education cannot be denied because of an uncaring and irresponsible government.

In a DA-led government, strong emphasis would be placed on ensuring that the requirements of special-needs learners are adequately met in order to provide Total Change for our learners with disabilities in the province. — Edmund van Vuuren MPL, Shadow MEC for Education. 

To listen to a voice clip in English, please click here: