Budget vote speeches: Education

The following speeches were delivered in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature on June 19 2015 by the DA’s Shadow MEC for Education, Khume Ramulifho MPL, Spokesperson for Education, Alan Fuchs MPL and Spokesperson for Education, Solly Msimanga MPL, during the 2015/16 Annual Budget Debate on the Department of Education.

Speech by

Khume Ramulifho MPL

DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Education

“Budget not conducive to quality educational outcomes”

Speech highlights

  • The core mandate is to ensure that learning and teaching is taking place in a classroom instead of the boardroom.
  • The department should strive to attract and retain experienced teachers. The pay structure for teachers should be attractive if we are serious about the quality of education outcomes.
  • …some schools were excluded from the tablet process – such as Noorgesig primary. Security is huge risk at all schools. These learners deserve opportunity to access tablets facilities like other learners from other schools.
  • The department wants to build schools without approved plans, many projects are on hold because there are no approved plans by municipalities, and the department fails to comply with land use requirements and fails to comply with Environmental Impact Assessment regulations. Panorama, Glenvista, Diepsloot and other areas are clear examples of poor planning as the building of schools is on hold due to non-compliance.
  • It is regrettable that the department has not finalized information about newly elected school governing bodies.

The full speech can be obtained here.

Speech by

Alan Fuchs MPL

DA Gauteng Spokesperson for Education

“Budget has forgotten Gauteng’s youth”

Speech highlights

  • …it is difficult for you to admit that 21 years and billions of Rands have produced an education system that is sub-standard, but in your lucid moments you sometimes say things that indicate that you are clear about the problems.
  • How much of this budget is to be spent on early interventions to ensure that learners do not fall so far behind in the foundational phase that they can never catch up?
  • In countries that espouse values of freedom, fairness and opportunity, an education system that produces quality outcomes, is a non-negotiable prerequisite

The full speech can be obtained here.

Speech by

Solly Msimanga MPL

DA Gauteng Spokesperson for Education

“Gauteng education in a state of ill repair”

Speech highlights

  • The employment index goes to highlight that the skills shortage among qualified technicians is the main reason for this huge amount of unfilled vacancies.
  • Failure to invest in more technical schools poses a significant limitation on the country’s long-term economic growth potential, with viable economic opportunities often rendered unviable.
  • MEC Lesufi, we need to ensure that teacher development is prioritized so all learners are afforded opportunity to be taught by qualified teachers

The full speech can be obtained here