MEC’s SoS as education still untransformed
by MTHULISI SIBANDA
JOHANNESBURG– SOUTH AFRICA cannot develop unless the education sector is transformed in line with racial representation, Member of the Executive Committee (MEC) for Education, Panyaza Lesufi, has said.
“Our education system at the moment is like an Irish coffee. It is largely black, with white on top and sprinkles of chocolate. Until we change that Irish coffee and make it a South African coffee that doesn’t recognise colour, we cannot move forward,” Lesufi said.
He spoke at a recent event in Johannesburg, where information technology body pledged its support to initiatives by the provincial government to empower students.
“It must not be where you were born that determines the quality of education you can access. The quality of education must present opportunities for our children. If we can’t do that, we will not succeed,”
“Our education system currently is like a four-legged table – black, white, coloured and Indian. Let me tell you without any hesitation, that the leg that represents black education is broken completely. Where teachers don’t turn up for work, where it’s a free for all and no one
wants to account.”
He argued if this was not addressed, Gauteng and the country would have a “broken” education system.
(This is) purely because of the Irish coffee nature of our current system.
We are recycling poverty in the township.”
The Internet Technology Association of South Africa (ITA) has partnered with the Gauteng Department of Education to solve some of the challenges.
It is supporting the Schools of Specialisation (SoS) programme the department has embarked on to realise their potential on particular disciplines such as Maths and Science, Engineering, Commerce and Entrepreneurship, Sport and the arts.
ITA, whose members include some of the largest multinationals in the world, was formed about 80 years ago.
“According to our members, this (SoS) is the best thing they heard all year. Some companies have already committed to donating the software to help with some of the issues faced in this project. We have the chance to create a Silicon Valley right here in Gauteng,” ITA President Sunil Geness Geness.
– CAJ News
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