Dr Allen Grootboom, MPL
DA Northern Cape Provincial Spokesperson for Education
The Democratic Alliance welcomes the move by the National Department of Education to make it compulsory for educators to write an examination on the subject they will be assessing. This will ensure quality in assessments and that educators will be better able to understand what they are doing and why marks should or should not be allocated.
Not surprisingly however, SADTU as a union has voiced its objection to this piece of legislation because they have not been consulted. The union seems to forget what its mandate is – strive for better working conditions and salaries and enthuse its members to deliver quality. This matter is purely educational to enhance quality.
The Northern Cape might again, as was the case last year, be hard hit, as many failed these exams. This failure was not as a result of incompetency of educators but rather because the union battled for equity of numbers, not quality. The DA is of the opinion that this union must realize that we should not continue to be consumed by struggle politics but rather by how to take education, and ultimately the country, forward. With this type of action, the union will lose quality members as educators are beginning to realize that that their calling is in fact to facilitate a quality education for our learners and not strive for equity of performance. Those who strive to be equal with others have no ambition. You should always strive to be the best you can be.
The union wants to drag education down into the gutters. Instead, it should encourage its members to engage with subject content to be able to deliver better quality education.
The office of the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, has as yet to respond to this union’s objection to the proposal but the DA hopes that reason and good educational principles will triumph over narrow, political patronage for the sake of the learners. The DA waits with bated breath to see who is really in charge of education – the Minister or the union?