KZN’s over-crowded classrooms – the fuse for another revolution

Despite 18 years of democracy and government’s ongoing promise to prioritize education, a quality learning experience remains out of reach for many KwaZulu-Natal learners with a staggering 670 000 learners being taught in classes of more than 55 pupils. The shock figure stems from a parliamentary reply by KZN Education MEC, Senzo Mchunu, to written […]

Higher Education Minister must account for under-supply of teachers in KZN

The KwaZulu Natal education portfolio committee has today passed a resolution to call on Higher Education Minister, Blade Mzimande, to attend their next meeting to report back on what is being done to deal with the under-supply of teachers to the province. The resolution is the result of a question posed by the DA during […]

Taking ownership of our schools

The Democratic Alliance in KwaZulu-Natal welcomes provincial Education MEC, Senzo Mchunu’s announcement that principals who run institutions of excellence will be used to train head teachers of under-performing schools. The move is a significant development within schools administration in the province. Another is the opening of the old Dokkies College as a training centre for […]

DA KZN: Provincial leadership must act following reports of political intimidation and interference at FET College

The Democratic Alliance calls on KwaZulu-Natal’s ANC leadership to urgently intervene and rein in students at Plessislaer College, in Imbali, following reports of intimidation and political interference since the enrolment process began on Monday. The situation has been brought to the attention of the DA by prospective parents who claim that they are being barred […]

KwaZulu-Natal currently has 576 schools without principals – some 10% of the total number of schools in the province.

The figures form part of a parliamentary reply by the provincial education department to questions posed by the DA. The unacceptable delay in filling these posts points to serious mismanagement. It is also indicative of a complete lack of urgency and zeal within the provincial education department’s Human Resources department. Principals play a crucial role […]

DA KZN: SADTU’s threats warrant teaching being declared an essential service

The Democratic Alliance has made yet another urgent appeal for teaching to be declared an essential service – with responsible bargaining mechanisms in place for both teacher unions and the state – as SADTU in KwaZulu-Natal threaten to leave matric exam papers unmarked unless their demands are met. This intimidation by the trade union has […]

DA to table Bill to deal with KZN’s 2 485 “moonlighting” teachers

The Democratic Alliance in KwaZulu-Natal will table a Bill in the KZN Legislature which restricts civil servants from doing business with the state after it was revealed that an astounding 2 485 KZN teachers currently have contracts with the Education Department. The Business Interests of Employees Bill, already passed where the DA governs, is aimed […]

Good news for education in KZN as department announces plans for “Dokkies”

Good news for education is the announcement today, by KZN’s Education MEC, that “Dokkies” – the old teaching training college on the Berea – will once again be taken over by the department and converted into a Teacher Development Centre capable of housing 3 000 students. There are currently some 14 000 teachers out of […]

Oversight visits reveal triple challenge for KZN schools

Oversight visits reveal triple challenge for KZN schools This week’s oversight visits by Democratic Alliance MPP’s to schools in KwaZulu-Natal showed that while KwaZulu-Natal’s education officials are starting to ask the right questions, the answers continue to evade them. The visits, which formed part of an effort to establish the readiness of schools and learners […]

Sex in our Schools

For many parents and teachers, the topic of sex education and pre-teen sex is one they would rather not discuss. Unfortunately there is strong evidence that sex amongst scholars – some as young as 5 and 6 years – is increasing, and that this is not only a problem in our province and country but […]