KZN matric marker tests: MEC must place learners before Sadtu

The Democratic Alliance challenges KZN Education MEC, Peggy Nkonyeni to confront Sadtu and show that she has the political will to implement matric marker competency assessments in the province. This after an announcement yesterday by Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, that her department plans to push ahead with competency tests across the country, despite opposition […]

KZN education: MEC undermining political accountability

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Failure to implement a plan to introduce the teaching of indigenous languages at primary school level in KwaZulu-Natal is the direct result of a death of political oversight within the education department. According to a media report today, plans have failed to take off as a result of a lack of consultation by the department […]

KZN’s sick teachers: MEC must explain

The Democratic Alliance has called for answers from KZN’s Education MEC, Peggy Nkonyeni following media reports of the abuse of sick leave over long periods by educators in the province. According to one report, a teacher has consistently refused to come to school because she has a “sore throat”.  That her excuse has been accepted […]

Early Childhood Development – DA KZN back teacher union calls for transformation

While the Democratic Alliance in KwaZulu-Natal strongly supports any move aimed at improving our Early Childhood Development (ECD) programme, we also back the sentiments of teacher unions that we need to fix what we already have before we start adding to the system. This includes the training of ECD teachers, increased emoluments at the same level […]

The truth about our matric pass rate

Celebrations around the marked improvement in matric pass rates across most of the provinces suggests that at last our education system is leaving the ICU ward and is on the road to recovery. The huge gains in provinces like Mphumulanga, Limpopo and Free State suggest that education officials in those provinces have found the way […]

2013’s ‘good news’ matric results

The credibility of 2013’s ‘good news’ matric results – on the eve of a vital national election – is open to question. It is difficult to square the significant improvement in the matric pass rate with the dismal ANA results recently released. Only about 5% of Grade 9 pupils achieved more than 50% in literacy […]

KZN 2013 matric results: Celebrating mediocrity

The rush to applaud a 4.3% increase in the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) matric results, signals yet another year in which mediocrity is being celebrated amid an extravaganza of political posturing. The province’s overall pass mark of 77.4% was announced earlier this evening by Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga.  The figure is up from 73% in 2012 […]

The Anglican Church vs SADTU

The recent call from the Anglican Church of Southern Africa for education to be declared a “essential service” – so that teachers once again conceive of their occupation as a “calling” rather than merely a salaried job – is another in a growing body of citizens who believe that the unionization of teaching is at […]

DA welcome introduction of third language to KZN schools

The Democratic Alliance fully supports the introduction of a third language at primary school level in KwaZulu-Natal. The ability to be multi-lingual is essential in a diverse country where the understanding of different languages has the potential to unite people.  We welcome the Basic Education department’s acknowledgement of this.

KZN Legislature: Debate on Provincial Treasury Budget

The sinking of the Titanic is a story of tragic complacency and the inability to change course quickly enough – a wonderful comparative to our current government.  The Titanic didn’t crash into the iceberg because it was a stormy night and they didn’t see the iceberg approaching.  It crashed because they didn’t take heed of […]