Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga stated that her department will continue concentrating on getting the “basics right” in an attempt to fix the education system.
Motshekga was responding to President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address.
She reiterated the fact that her department would like to see teachers in class on time and also that learners must have enough textbooks.
“All of us are attempting to get the system to function,” she stated.
Motshekga, who referred to Zuma’s speech as “brilliant”, mentioned that it focused towards unleashing the country’s potential.
She explained that job creation in the country was crucial as it motivated learners to study hard.
She remarked that it was demoralizing for a lot of learners to find out that despite the fact that they find themselves passing exams, they were not able to find jobs.
At the same time, responding to Zuma’s speech, Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) Leader Prince Mongosuthu Buthelezi felt that the President really should have said far more on education.
He stated the fact that the education system was in a crisis and needed to be fixed.
Overall, he felt the speech spelled out impressive plans, but was hardly surprising.