The IFP condemns the deplorable state of affairs at the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Basic Education, amid reports that a School Monitoring Survey revealed that schools in KwaZulu-Natal came out tops as having the most infrastructure challenges.
This state of affairs is disheartening because the province of KwaZulu-Natal used to be amongst the best performing provinces in the country and we cannot expect much better results when our government is failing to provide a conducive teaching and learning environment for our children.
The fact that there are several schools that still make use of pit latrines with only the prospect of eradicating this practise in 2021 is unacceptable and the IFP calls for urgent intervention by the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga.
The IFP believes that the alarming number of schools that lack the most basic infrastructure including water and electricity together with the equally devastating phenomenon of teacher absenteeism is cause for grave concern.
The South African Human Rights Commission has previously reported human rights violations in our schools and classrooms.
The IFP’s position is very clear. Education is a necessary condition for sustainable, effective development. It is the most potent tool with which to bridge the inequalities in our society, place our people at the centre of our move into the future, and secure our rightful place in the global community.
Under an IFP administration in KZN our vision would be to develop high-tech classrooms-of-the-future where all learners are introduced to the skills needed for future work placements.
The Minister of Basic Education has a constitutional duty to ensure that access to quality education is a reality for millions of our learners.
IFP KZN Premier Candidate
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