by Safiyia Stanfley – DA Provincial Spokesperson on Education in the Northern Cape
Date: 15 January 2018
Type: Press Statement
The Democratic Alliance will embark on a school readiness assessment across the province to ensure that all schools are ready for teaching and learning from the first day of the new school year. Our public representatives will be visiting schools in their communities to report any problems and to assist schools in resolving these problems.
We hope that 2018 will be the year that the Department of Education meets its targets when it comes to monitoring infrastructure deadlines, overseeing the school nutrition programme and working with other departments to ensure that an environment conducive for learning and teaching is created. We trust that the Department of Education will find placements for the approximately 1 500 learners, who are yet to be placed in schools. We call on schools and district offices to make the necessary efforts.
One of the priorities for the year ahead must be the proper management of learner transport, which has been woefully mishandled in the past years. Neither the Department of Education nor the Department of Transport, Safety & Liaison have been willing to accept full responsibility for this function. While the departments play the blame game, our learners are left stranded, forced to hitchhike or walk long distances in the dark or loaded into unsafe vehicles.
We wish all learners, parents and educators all the best with the new school year. The DA will continue to monitor the situation during our upcoming school visits to assist in resolving problems.
DA Provincial Spokesperson on Education in the Northern Cape
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