Yusuf Cassim


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Learners across Nelson Mandela Bay face the prospect of school closures if day zero hits because the EC Department of Education has failed to honour the deadline to put a water disaster plan in place for schools. Learners cannot be expected to relieve themselves in open fields and learn in unhygienic conditions. The DA will be approaching the Speaker of the Eastern Cape Legislature to get answers from the Department …


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The Eastern Cape Department of Education (ECdoE) is failing in its mandate to manage Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres, with hundreds of ECD centres apparently not being paid since the Department took over in April this year. The Democratic Alliance has raised this issue with the Education Department and with Education MEC, Fundile Gade, to have these non-payments resolved as a matter of urgency. We will continue to fight for …


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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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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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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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