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Eastern Cape’s shocking learner drop-out rate

February 24th, 2021

Over the past three academic years, 221 626 Eastern Cape learners have disappeared between their Grade 10 enrolment and their final matric exams. That’s enough to fill the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium five times over! In an increasingly competitive world, a solid educational foundation is a necessity, and even more so in the jobs scarce Eastern Cape, where the latest unemployment stats have risen to 47,9%. How can the Eastern …

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Education Department kills future of EC Matriculants

February 22nd, 2021

The dismal performance of the Eastern Cape matriculants should in no way rest on their shoulders, but rather on those of the Eastern Cape Department of Education (ECDoE), which has consistently placed greed and self-interest above the needs of its learners. This year the Eastern Cape’s results dropped from 76,5% to 68,1%. The Democratic Alliance commends all learners who, despite one of the most difficult academic years on record, have …

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DA wants answers from Education Department after thousands abandoned without payment

February 21st, 2021

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has submitted Parliamentary Questions to the Department of Education (DoE) after thousands of youths did not receive remuneration after being appointed under the Education Employment Initiative (EEI). The EEI was announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa in April 2020, with National Treasury committing R7 billion for the EEI project. The EEI announced that 300 000 job opportunities were to be created for young South Africans and School …

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Schools fail to open due to lack of sanitation facilities

February 17th, 2021

At least 72 schools in the province were unable to open at the beginning of the week, due to a lack of safe and appropriate sanitation. It is unfathomable that the Department does not prioritise the dignity of the learners of this province. Human dignity lies at the heart of a capable and caring state. I will be reporting the Department to the Human Rights Commission as they are denying …

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Education Department desperately ill prepared for opening of schools

February 12th, 2021
Yusuf Cassim

Even with three extra weeks due to lockdown measures, the Eastern Cape Department of Education has not been able to prepare schools for the opening of the 2021 academic year. Based on a school readiness report presented to the Education Portfolio Committee yesterday afternoon [Thursday, 11 February 2021], only 63% of schools have received their textbooks and grade reader deliveries, with around 20% of schools still awaiting the delivery of …

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Software rollout delay cripples new academic year before it begins

February 10th, 2021
Yusuf Cassim

With less than three days to go before the opening of schools for the 2021 academic year, school staff and teachers have been unable to update any information for the year, because the Department of Education in the Eastern Cape has still not released the latest patch for the South African School Administration Management System (SA-SAMS). Not only does this platform allow schools to update information of learners, it is …

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Legislature passes DA’s call for establishing no-fee, online public schooling in EC

February 4th, 2021

The Eastern Cape Department of Education must, with all haste, put together plans for the launch of a no-fee, public online school, and provide feedback to the provincial portfolio committee on Education within 30 days. This was the decision of the members of Eastern Cape Legislature during a plenary sitting yesterday, passing a motion without notice, brought by the Democratic Alliance. A capable state is one which embraces innovation and …

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EC Education MEC setting schools up for failure

January 22nd, 2021
Yusuf Cassim

Eastern Cape Education MEC, Fundile Gade, is setting schools in the province up for failure, with the announcement today that schools will have to procure their own personal protective equipment (PPE) in the first term. It is a callous and heartless decision that throws the poor to the Covid-19 wolves. This is what happens when the Department caves in to tendepreneurs, paying vastly inflated prices for PPE. We have already …

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Department of Education wastes R1,7million on out of date app

November 30th, 2020

The Eastern Cape Department of Education has wasted R1,7million on an application, named Sikuncede Njani, that is outdated and therefore serves no real purpose. In response to a parliamentary question from the DA, MEC of Education, Fundile Gade, said the app is currently up to date with relevant information that can be utilised by the public and officials of the Department. SEE: IQP 32 2nd session replies Q 766 Link …

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Patensie school finally opens after DA intervention

November 18th, 2020

I am extremely excited for the learners of Patensie, who have finally been able to take occupation of their new school building, which was built for them over a year ago, but which had been standing vacant because of delays by the Education Department. The building of the school was part of the national Accelerated School Infrastructure Delivery Initiative (ASIDI) programme which aimed to eradicate schools built with inappropriate and …

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