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ECDOE gives little attention to water crisis in NMB and Kouga

June 24th, 2022

The Department of Education has been compelled to put together a water disaster management plan for schools, after a motion from the Democratic Alliance was unanimously adopted by the House in the Provincial Legislature on Thursday. This is part of our ongoing fight to put forward constructive solutions around Day Zero in Nelson Mandela Bay and surrounds. I also tabled oral questions in a House Sitting on Wednesday, 22 June …

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Only 4 hours of learning for Aliwal North learners

June 21st, 2022

Learners at Alheit van der Merwe Primary school in Aliwal North are only receiving four hours of schooling per day after a fire destroyed their school infrastructure a year ago because the Department of Education has failed to follow through on its promises of temporary classrooms. Education MEC, Fundile Gade, must explain what the delays are in providing this school with the seven temporary classrooms that his department has been …

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Just R34 a year per learner for maintenance

May 31st, 2022

The Department of Education believes that just R34 a year, per learner, is sufficient for schools in the Eastern Cape to maintain their collapsing infrastructure. This shocking figure was revealed during the budget debates in the Education Portfolio Committee. In fact, the lower 1, 2 and 3 quintile schools, which make up 96% of all schools in the province, are only receiving R983 per learner for their school budgets. From …

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No place for Learners with Special Education Needs (LSEN)

May 24th, 2022
Yusuf Cassim

The latest budget put forward by the Eastern Cape Department of Education has shown that it does not care about learners with special educational needs, with scant provision to address the massive backlog for spaces. There is a severe lack of space for learners at special schools for those who have been evaluated and are languishing on waiting lists, unable to find a space. Principals at schools in Cradock and …

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R972 million set aside for Sizwe Africa, as court case drags on

May 20th, 2022

Close to a billion rand has been set aside to cover potential costs for the controversial Sizwe Africa lease agreement for computer tablets for grade 12 learners that have been gathering dust at schools since the beginning of last year. A recent Education Portfolio Committee meeting revealed that the Department had been forced to raise a contingent liability in excess of R972,7million to cover the contract, despite the initial cost …

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Premier Mabuyane must be called to explain HOD suspension

April 11th, 2022

Premier Oscar Mabuyane must be called before the Education Portfolio Committee to explain his reasoning for suspending the EC Head of Education, Dr Naledi Mbude. Based on the documentation provided to the Eastern Cape Portfolio Committee on Education, Dr. Mbude has in fact given substantive representations to the Premier as to why textbooks orders could not be completed and why the Education Infrastructure Grant funding was not spent. Dr Mbude, …

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Suspension of Education Head raises serious questions

April 6th, 2022

The decision by Premier Oscar Mabuyane to suspend the Head of Education, Dr Naledi Mbude, reportedly for the delay in textbook deliveries and failure to spend the infrastructure grant, raises serious questions. In response to questions posed by the Democratic Alliance during a portfolio committee meeting on Monday, Dr Mbude revealed several concerning issues taking place within the Department. Dr Mbude said she had discovered that the Department had been …

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No textbooks for EC learners, despite court order

April 1st, 2022
Yusuf Cassim

Hundreds of thousands of learners across the Eastern Cape are still without textbooks, despite a court order compelling the provincial Department of Education to make sure that the books are delivered by the end of March. The court order stated that ECDOE had to “ensure that every learner at every public school in the Eastern Cape is provided with a full complement of stationery and textbooks for the 2022 school …

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Kariega school turns away learners on their doorstep

January 27th, 2022

A flawed admissions process being applied at Gamble High School in Kariega (Uitenhage) is seeing learners being forced to go to school over 10km away, despite living within walking distance from Gamble HS. This came to light during an oversight inspection earlier this week by myself, Shadow Minister of Basic Education, Baxolile Nodada, MP, and constituency leader Marshall von Buchenroder, MPL. See photos   Our visits, prompted by complaints from …

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SIU shows how deep the rot goes in EC Dept of Education

January 26th, 2022
Yusuf Cassim

The damning Special Investigating Unit’s report into Covid-19 corruption, released by President Cyril Ramaphosa yesterday, shows just how rotten the Eastern Cape Department of Education has become. Premier Oscar Mabuyane can no longer continue to give lip-service to the fight against corruption, he must ensure that immediate action is taken against Department officials implicated in the SIU report. Mabuyane need not twiddle his thumbs, he only has to read the …

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