Mike Moriarty MPL
DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Finance & Deputy Spokesperson for Education
The DA has discovered a mass of books for the Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET) programme dumped at the Modderfontein Cycle Park.
Hundreds of textbooks and other resources for the adult literacy programme, some still in wrapped boxes, stand abandoned in a dilapidated out-building in my constituency.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga must explain how these resources and textbooks ended up in a forgotten part of Gauteng, seemingly without ever making it to their destination.
The boxes bear the national Basic Education Department’s logo and the textbooks are in key subjects such as numeracy. The boxes also indicate that some of these were apparently destined for KwaZulu-Natal.
The ABET programme is a key component of addressing the deplorable legacy of Apartheid-era education and is critical in ensuring adult South Africans are equipped with the necessary skills to find a job.
ABET resources abandoned in this manner is a slap in the face of South Africans who pin their hopes and aspirations on the programme. This adds insult to their injury as yet another government fails them and their future.