By Jacques Smalle MPL, DA Spokesperson on Education:
The DA has written to the MEC for Education, Ishamael Kgetjepe and Treasury, Rob Tooley to establish the reasons why Section 18 (2) (g) and (i) of the PFMA was invoked on the Department of Education recently.
The DA is seeking a comprehensive report elaborating on how this action together with summoning a team of senior officials will assist the department after its challenges still could not be resolved even after Section 100 (b) administration.
Despite the intervention, the department of Education has in the past two financial years received a disclaimer opinion from the AG as per the PFMA audit outcomes of the 2013-14 financial year report.
In 2013/14 financial year, the department failed to spend R1,7 billion and forfeited it to treasury, including transgressing various financial mismanagement processes.
It is clear that the administrators worsened this department and was not able to put in systems that would have resulted in an improved situation.
The DA will be monitoring all activities in the department and engaging the relevant MEC’s to establish what their time-bound plans are and on how best they will utilise their resources to avoid the errors of the previous administration.
Limpopo residents need to be given an assurance that the new team is fully aware of the challenges and necessary methods required to turn this troubled department around but this can only be done transparently with fully accountable officials.
The annually set targets of matric pass rates for this province will remain a mere fantasy target if the department cannot restore its systems to a functional state.