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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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EC Real Matric Pass Rate just 47,4%

January 21st, 2022

The Eastern Cape’s real matric pass rate is just 47,4%, as the final result of 73% – announced by Education MEC Fundile Gade – does not take into account the high dropout rate between grade 10 and 12. Of the 140 936 learners who started their senior years together in Grade 10, only 47,4% have secured a matric pass. There were 49 436 learners who dropped out. That’s a dropout rate …

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DA seeks Human Rights Commission’s intervention to ensure every learner receives a textbook

January 19th, 2022

Learners at 4 703 out of 5 451 public schools in the Eastern Cape have started the school year this morning without receiving textbooks. This is because these schools have not yet received their Learner Teacher Support Material (LTSM). The Democratic Alliance will be referring the matter to the Human Rights Commission, as textbooks are crucial in fulfilling a learner’s Constitutional right to education, and the failure of the Department …

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MEC fails to deliver on promise of internet access for schools

June 22nd, 2021

Eastern Cape Education MEC, Fundile Gade, has failed to deliver on a promise he made in April to connect 1 000 rural schools to broadband internet by June, as part of the Department’s programme to improve education in far flung areas of the province. The Democratic Alliance will be monitoring the rollout closely, as it is simply unacceptable that it is taking so long. In response to a parliamentary question …

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How many mud schools are there, MEC?

June 7th, 2021

Serious questions need to be asked about the Eastern Cape Department of Education’s (ECDoE) commitment to eradicate mud schools in the province. It is going to be very difficult to eradicate these structures, which have been deemed unfit for education purposes, if the ECDoE does not even know how many there are! Based on a recent response from Education MEC, Fundile Gade, to a parliamentary question, the number of mud …

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Latest arrests reveal an Education Department in crisis

May 20th, 2021

The shocking report of four senior officials, who allegedly defrauded the Department of R59 million meant for purchasing textbooks for pupils, has revealed an Eastern Cape Department of Education (EC DoE) in crisis. The charges, dating back to 2014, have revealed just how deep and far back the rot within the Department has spread, with top leadership, including the former Superintendent General (SG) Mthunywa Ngonzo implicated in the fraud. Alongside …

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Learners’ lives placed at risk as schools overcrowded, lack sanitation

May 10th, 2021
Yusuf Cassim

The call for learners to return to full-time classes comes at a time where the lives of our learners, teachers and staff are being put at risk daily, due to the mismanagement of the Department of Education in the province during the Covid-19 pandemic. Overcrowded classrooms, inappropriate sanitation and even the removal of temporary toilet facilities are all adding to the unsafe environment at schools. In response to parliamentary questions, …

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Education Department shifting blame by criminalising pupils over tablet scandal

April 21st, 2021

The Eastern Cape Education department’s woes are deepening, as they are still trying to get back tablets distributed to Grade 12 learners under the highly irregular Sizwe Africa IT contract, now valued at more than R538 million. These tablets should have been retrieved from learners in October last year, following the court interdict, when the learners were still at school, but now they have created a mess. The Department is …

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Principal’s vile act shows pit latrines not a priority for EC Education Department

March 17th, 2021

The disturbing revelation of a principal lowering an 11-year-old learner into a pit latrine to retrieve his cell phone has once again cast the spotlight onto the dire lack of proper sanitation facilities in the Eastern Cape. The Democratic Alliance is calling for the Eastern Cape Department of Education to explain the delays in the eradication of pit latrines, and provide a comprehensive plan to address this once and for …

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167 EC schools have their water disconnected

March 11th, 2021

The water supply to 167 schools in the Eastern Cape has been cut because the Department of Education has failed to pay an estimated R8 million in historic water debt owed to the Amathole District Municipality. Despite being informed nearly a month ago that this crisis was looming, the Department has done absolutely nothing to stop it, and as a result thousands of learners are at risk of further interruptions …

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