By Mbali Ntuli, MPL, DA KZN Spokesperson on Education:
THE omission of all 12 KZN schools with a 0% pass rate in the 2015 National Senior Certificate (NSC) from this week’s school oversight visits by MPL’s highlights all that is wrong with the province’s education department.
Earlier this week the DA revealed that a total of 22 schools countrywide obtained a 0% pass rate with 12 of them in KZN. The data is from the Department of Basic Education’s 2015 School Performance Report.
These statistics translate into 243 young people who are now left with little hope for a better future.
Drastic and immediate intervention is required at these schools. In side-stepping them this week KZN’s Education department has seemingly disregarded this.
In failing to ensure that these 12 schools are included as part of MPL’s schools functionality programme, the department has reneged on one of its core mandates which is to provide a quality education.
These learners have been failed by the system.
They have been failed by an MEC and senior officials who would rather talk policy around a board room table than get their hands dirty.
The DA will raise this matter with MEC Nkonyeni. We expect answers.
We expect her to report back on why these schools have been bypassed this week and we expect her to announce what steps – if any – are being taken to turn these schools around.
The DA will soon visit these schools to determine the exact problems in a bid to ensure this never happens again.
We will not let this matter rest until we are satisfied that the MEC and her department are doing everything possible to transform these schools.