By Safiyia Stanfley, MPL, DA Provincial Spokesperson on Education:
The Democratic Alliance in the Northern Cape is dismayed to say the least over the ANC’s rejection of our motion on the Annual National Assesments (ANAs).
During the legislature housing sitting held in Churchhill at the Joe Morolong Municipal chambers today, the ANC rejected our motion that the postponement of the assessments will have a negative impact on education in the province and ultimately the entire country.
The ANC’s rejection of our motion is a clear indication that the party condones the stance taken by teacher union Sadtu to stall development in our education system.
The DA’s motion requested the house to acknowledge the importance of mandatory, independently marked assessments which assist with the development of actionable strategies for the improvement, where needed, of the quality of education in the Northern Cape.
Simply put the ANC has placed party political alliance over the educational needs of our children.
It is a clear fact that the ANC members are doing this to appease Sadtu.
Who is running our schools then, is it the department of education or the teacher labour union.
History will judge the governing party’s action harshly.