The IFP calls on government, especially the KZN Provincial Government to invest more resources in disadvantaged schools that are still behind with technology and ICT to improve matric results.
"While a number of schools in urban areas have incorporated the latest technology in the classroom, many rural schools are still trailing behind, with many lacking science laboratories and libraries. Technology has become such an integral part of education and students in rural areas are disadvantaged. These students compete with others in the more advantaged areas in the national matric exams, so it is essential that they compete on a level playing field. For us to be competitive globally we need to give them appropriate resources to be successful. The department must introduce mobile computer labs, which can be used at schools that lack the infrastructure," said IFP Spokesperson on Education, Mrs Thembeni kaMadlopha-Mthethwa, MPL.
"The use of information and communication technology in education can be of major benefit not only in teaching and learning, but also in enhancing administration processes. Our belief is that if South Africa is to be the best it can be, then everyone has to be technologically educated. We believe that 2030 is too far away for our students to struggle without laboratories, libraries and appropriate sanitation," continued Mrs Madlopha-Mthethwa.
"We are also concerned about the current unacceptable state of school infrastructure which is hampering education in far too many areas. It limits the potential of most disadvantaged students, and perpetuates historical inequalities. Most rural areas still lack proper infrastructure in roads, water, electricity and sanitation," concluded Mrs Madlopha-Mthethwa.
The IFP further calls for a national program to speed up the supply of learning materials, the provision of libraries, toilets and the maintenance of infrastructure in South African rural and township schools.
IFP KZN Education Spokesperson,
Mrs Thembeni KaMadlopha-Mthethwa, MPL, 071 884 3844 or 079 114 3015
Mr Phendulani Biyase, IFP KZN Legislature Media Liaison Officer, 073 024 5675