South Africa: Dismiss Top Officials for Latest Education Crisis

press release

It is with absolute shock that the IFP has observed the crisis that has engulfed the Basic Education Department following the shock revelation that a large number of textbooks have been destroyed in Limpopo, while most of the schools in that Province are still lacking textbooks six months into the school year.

"We note with great concern that there is currently a lot of blame-shifting with regard to this crisis. The buck stops with the Minister of Basic Education and the ANC-led government which has failed in the past and continues to fail the children of South Africa, time and time again," said Mr Alfred Mpontshane MP, the IFP's spokesperson on Education.

Mpontshane said that the IFP was of the view that heads must roll for this latest education crisis.

"As a Member of the Committee on Basic Education I have been bitterly disappointed by the lacklustre response of Minister Motshekga. Within her Department there is a monitoring and delivery unit which should have ensured that this crisis was averted in this place. This entire unit must be discharged. Moreover, the Director-General of the Department of Education should do the honourable thing and resign with immediate effect," said Mpontshane.

Mponthsane added that the IFP was also calling for the disbandment of the entire Limpopo Education Department.

"It is shameful that 80% of Limpopo's education budget is spent on staff, yet they are running the education department like a spaza shop. We can no longer allow a situation where taxpayers are expected to pay for public servants who do absolutely nothing. In addition, it is these officials who have presided over the burning of textbooks, which can only be regarded as a national disgrace," concluded Mpontshane.

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