isiZulu in schools could damage core curriculum delivery

The Democratic Alliance in KwaZulu-Natal supports the principle of introducing isiZulu to primary schools in the province, as announced by the national Department of Basic Education. There can be no doubt that there is a strong need to expand the pool of fully multi-lingual citizens for both economic and social reasons and the pragmatism of […]

Can we agree on some facts?

The recently released “State of Literacy Teaching and Learning in the Foundation Phase” report, compiled by the National Education and Evaluation Unit (NEEDU) – an independent institution that analyses the state of our schools and identifies factors necessary for quality schooling – reveals that the core reason for South Africa’s failing education system is the […]

Radical overhaul needed for KZN’s teacher bursary system

Despite the fact that there are presently some 14 000 unqualified teachers employed by KwaZulu-Natal’s education department – and that some 4 500 new teachers are required each year due to death and retirement – 284 out of 1 903 newly qualified teachers who applied for jobs at the start of the current academic year remain […]

Concourt ruling set to further jeopardise KZN learners

A concourt ruling, ordering the KwaZulu-Natal education department to pay millions in subsidies to 119 low and middle fee independent schools in the province, is set to further jeopardise the standard of education offered to learners in the region. Over the last few years, both the department’s HOD and CFO have sent out warning signals […]

KZN ANC’s schizophrenic approach to solving SADTU defiance

This week provided clear evidence that the current go-slow campaign by Sadtu in KwaZulu-Natal has gone well beyond the defined terms of “work to rule” which requires employees to carry out all the duties within the employment contract and refrain from doing any extra work. This was apparent following a report by KZN’s Education HOD […]

SADTU go-slow

Confirmation of a go-slow by SADTU’s KZN secretary – with the statement that “no chalk will be seen on blackboards” and “no tests will be marked or reports issued” speaks directly to the argument for reducing the powers of teacher unions. Sadtu is striking next week, simply because it does not agree with the national […]

KZN Treasury tasked with finding more money for Education

KZN Education MEC, Senzo Mchunu’s acknowledgement, at a Finance Portfolio Committee last week, of the accuracy of the DA’s assessment of the inadequacy of the provincial budget in funding education programmes and the consequent refusal of the DA to approve last year’s budget indicates the seriousness of the financial restraints the department is under. The […]

KZN Education’s “textbooks for all” plan

The Democratic Alliance welcomes a bold and dramatic plan to place a textbook for every subject in the hands of every learner in KwaZulu-Natal, presented earlier this week by Education MEC, Senzo Mchunu to the education portfolio committee – a plan that will cost R1billion to implement. Coupled to this was a proposal to limit […]

Radical leadership transformation plan will not extend to all KZN schools

The Democratic Alliance has received an assurance from KZN Education MEC, Senzo Mchunu that a departmental plan aimed at urgently and radically transforming leadership in under-performing schools will not target those schools managed by competent principals and effective school governing bodies (SGB’s). The assertion comes after the DA raised the concerns of SGB members. This […]

School Lessons from Afar

Colleen Dardagan’s recent article on the success that Zimbabwe’s schooling system enjoys – despite the huge financial and political challenges the country has experienced over the past 20 years – once again points to the key elements in a successful schooling system; dedicated teachers, strong parental support, disciplined learners and autonomous and accountable school management. […]