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Illegal ANC billboard a desperate attempt to garner support

January 24th, 2019

The failing ANC government have found it fit to erect a massive billboard on the school grounds of Selborne College in East London, in direct contravention of the South African Schools Act. Section 33A of the Act clearly states that “… (4) A school may not allow the display of material of a party-political nature on its premises, unless such party-political material is related to the curriculum at the school.” …

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Learners abandoned due to failed rationalisation

January 17th, 2019

Over 60 learners from Elliot have had their school ripped away from them and have been left stranded because the failing Eastern Cape Education Department cannot adhere to the rule of law and failed rationalisation. The Grade R to Grade 7 learners and the teachers of Long Hope Primary School have been left abandoned after a decision to close their school with no apparent plans to accommodate them. The children …

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Turnaround strategy needs to start from Grade R

January 8th, 2019

As tens of thousands of learners across the province begin their schooling this week, and hundreds of thousands return to class, more needs to be done to ensure they are getting the best education possible. There is no quick fix solution for the Eastern Cape Education system, it will take concerted effort and time, but first there needs to be the political will to admit there are failings, so that …

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Eastern Cape’s 40,866 missing matrics of 2018

January 4th, 2019

Yesterday the Eastern Cape celebrated breaking through the 70% Matric pass rate, but it doesn’t tell the full story. What the Department did not mention is that of the 106,599 learners in the province who enrolled for the National Senior Certificate (NSC) at the beginning of the year, only 65,733 wrote their final exams. The question that needs to be asked is what happened to the other 40,866 learners? Were …

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More needs to be done to sensitise people around LGBTI issues

November 23rd, 2018

The recent incident wherein an email was circulated requesting the details of learners who identified as LGBTI so their names could be added to a database, has left no doubt that more needs to be done to create safe and non-discriminative environments, at work, at school, at home, and in at-risk communities. Recently Scotland became the first country in the world where schools would be required to adopt an “LGBTI …

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Annual Report paints bleak picture of Education Department in shambles

November 9th, 2018
Shadow MEC for Education, Edmund Van Vuuren

The recently tabled 2017/18 annual report for the Department of Education shows a department unravelling at the seams, unable to spend money on critical projects, while wasting funds through irregular expenditure and non-core business. This is the reason why schools are not being built and why learners are still forced to go to school in mud structures and use pit toilets! The Department underspent its allocated budget for the 2017/2018 …

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Delays in the issuing of matric certificates stealing former learner’s futures

November 6th, 2018
Shadow MEC for Education, Edmund Van Vuuren

Hundreds of learners who matriculated as far back as 2015 are stuck in limbo, being denied opportunities to further their education or seek work, because they are still waiting for their National Senior Certificates (NSC). While thousands of learners are in the midst of writing this year’s matric exams, 550 Eastern Cape learners are still waiting to receive their certificates. In response to a parliamentary question, acting MEC for Education, …

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Destroying schools can never be the answer

October 26th, 2018

On Wednesday morning matrics from the Ndaliso Senior Secondary School in Lusikisiki allegedly torched the school’s administration block to express their anger at being forced to write their matric exams over two years. While I can sympathise with the frustrations of the learners, the destruction of institutions of learning can never be the answer. These learners were upset by the policy that requires progressed learners to write their exams over …

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DA wishes Eastern Cape Matrics well ahead of their finals

October 19th, 2018

The Democratic Alliance extends its best wishes to the estimated 105,189 Grade 12 pupils from the Eastern Cape that have been registered as candidates for the National Senior Certificate, and who will be writing their matric final exams from Monday., 22 October 2018. Education is the foundation that enables you to grow as an individual and make a difference in the world. Your determination to get a quality education is …

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Draconian LGBTI learner database leaves them open to abuse

October 18th, 2018

The Democratic Alliance is outraged at the thought that the Department of Education wants to create a draconian database of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) learners. In an email sent to schools around the province, the Special Programmes Unit Head Office instructed schools to provide them with a list of all LGBTI learners from their schools by close of business the same day. The email claims that the …

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