by Andrew Louw – DA Premier Candidate
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Date: 08 March 2019
The Democratic Alliance condemns the disruption of schooling by the ANC in Upington, in a desperate attempt to mobilize young people ahead of the party’s regional manifesto launch tomorrow.
This comes after a talk to learners at AJ Ferreira High School, by an official from the Department of Education, evolved from a discussion about learnerships into a fishing expedition to assess which students were registered, and then progressed to a full-on marketing ploy to get grade 11 learners and matriculants to attend the ANC launch at the Robert Gunda stadium on Saturday.
Teachers interrupted the so-called “government official” three times, before eventually asking the campaigners to leave.
While the DA applauds the actions of the educators who stopped the politicking, it is completely unacceptable that the school visit was reduced to a party political event.
AJ Ferreira was one of the province’s worst underperforming schools in the 2018 matric exams, and only achieved a 56.8% pass rate. Efforts to improve the quality of schooling at AJ Ferreira should be at the forefront of the ANC government’s agenda, not improving their voter baseline. How dare the failing ANC chooses to so blatantly fail our children as well?
The incident at AJ Ferreira is not an isolated case.
There were more reports of the ANC visiting Pabalello High School and the Technical College today, whereby ANC t-shirts were handed out and youngsters were encouraged to attend tomorrow’s event. In these two cases, educators participated in the fanfare and no attempts were made to halt the political shenanigans.
Schools are public institutions that should remain apolitical. It is therefore disappointing that the ANC has stooped so low as to hijack a school meeting, but it comes as no surprise to the DA. The province’s poor matric pass rate is a symptom of a failing ANC government that does not really care about education. It is also increasingly clear that the ANC will do anything to try and stay in power, no matter how unacceptable it is.
The DA will report the above incident to the IEC.
Public representatives must regularly visit schools in order to motivate learners and teachers and to hold schools to account. Schools, however, must never be allowed to be turned into political campaigning grounds for any political party.
Only change under a DA led government will place education first and ensure uninterrupted schooling for all our learners.
DA Premier Candidate
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