By Khume Ramulifho MPL, DA Gauteng Education Shadow MEC:
The Democratic Alliance (DA) calls on Gauteng Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi, and the Federation of Governing Bodies of South African Schools (FEDSAS) to engage over issues surrounding the e-registration of learners at the province’s schools.
The DA supports any move towards digitalising administration processes; however, this needs to be done in consultation with relevant stakeholders and within the parameters of legislation.
According to the South African Schools Act, the education department cannot simply circumvent a school governing body when implementing application processes.
In turn, schools must remain cognisant of the education demands in the province and do everything in their power to increase access to quality schooling for all pupils in Gauteng.
MEC Lesufi is well aware of the shortfalls in his department but yet has allocated at least R2.5 billion for administration in the 2015/6 financial year.
Not only has the budget increased, but there have been alarming cuts made to funds directed at personnel for public ordinary schools and early childhood development programmes.
Access to quality education remains elusive for many children in Gauteng and providing them with the future they deserve is going to require a joint effort between the department, school governing bodies, teachers, principals and parents.
The best interests of our children should always be at the forefront of any new projects and systems; the DA encourages all stakeholders to engage productively to find the best way forward.