DA debates 2014/15 Education Annual Report

The following speeches were delivered in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature on 02 December 2015 by the DA’s Khume Ramulifho MPL and Solly Msimanga MPL during a debate on the 2014/15 Annual Report for the Department of Education.

Speech by
Khume Ramulifho MPL

“Gauteng education needs to rewrite its future”

  • There is 65% principals posts occupied by males since 2010, though there are more females teachers in the system. Does this means they can’t lead? If not why we aren’t seeing them leading our schools?
  • 75% of our schools need serious improvements – these range from leadership, management, infrastructure, discipline, community buy in, and innovative ideas.
  • The commitment to fight corruption is vague. Many reports were done but little action was taken against perpetrators – Glenvista, Brakpan high, Senoane high and many more schools are clear examples.
  • We need to build strong partnership with private sector so they can provide financial and other support.

The full speech can be obtained here.

 

Speech by

Solly Msimanga MPL

“Quality education affords all a bright future”

  • Close to R37bn is spent on education in Gauteng out of our R95bn total budget for the 2015-2016 financial year. This means we spent more than a third of our budget on Education clearly demonstrating that money is not the reason for our dismal performance.
  • Some of the prominent challenges and obstacles facing ECD facilities include absence of learning materials and resources, especially within the classroom setting, minimal funding, lack of qualified and experienced teachers at this level, inadequate security for children whilst at the ECD facility, as well as poor toilet amenities.
  • I would call on the new HOD to investigate some of the providers responsible for school nutrition. The quality and quantity of the food provided in certain instances has really left much to be desired.

The full speech can be obtained here.