By Mariette Pittaway, DA MPL in the Free State Provincial Legislature:
The below member statement was delivered by Mariette Pittaway (MPL) during a sitting of the Free State Provincial Legislature on 26 November 2015.
Education MEC Tate Makgoe has once again refused to answer a written question submitted to him on the state of textbook orders and deliveries schools in the province.
We are not surprised since it has come to light that the Free State Education Department’s HOD has requested publishers to deliver textbooks based on a promissory note. This is in violation of the PFMA.
The department is yet to submitted orders and schools will not have their books in time for the 2016 academic year.
Notably the department will not be able to meet the new guidelines with regards to the new Grade R and Grade 11 literature to be implemented next year.
The department has under-procured for Grade R and it will negatively impact on learners next year and could not buy Grade 10 and Grade 12 literature, citing budgetary constraints.
MEC Makgoe has denied these allegations in the media, yet he has refused to answer questions about this matter here in the legislature, where he is constitutionally bound to do so.
MEC Makgoe is obsessed with matric results. This insular approach to education is partly the result of the ever declining quality of matric results.
The ANC government’s constant failure to deliver quality basic education is probably the single most destructive contributing factor on South African society today.
Where the DA governs we know that making all available resources to improve on the quality of education to learners across all grades result in better matric results. We are slowly correcting the wrongs of the ANC. The DA is working hard to educate and empower learners to become educated, successful and prosperous citizens.