Issued by Dr. Allan Grootboom, MPL
DA Northern Cape: Spokesperson on Education
Cell: 071 682 6806
The Democratic Alliance (DA) welcomes the South African Democratic Teacher’s Union (SADTU) stance in confronting mediocrity and alleged maladministration in the Northern Cape Department of Education. It is especially encouraging to note that the recent picket held by SADTU members occurred after school hours, as this signals growing maturity and discipline in the union.
It is of great concern that the Department is seemingly tardy or apathetic in the manner through which it deals with cases of misconduct and maladministration. The most recent example involves an official who had been dismissed after winning a case against the Department. To date, the Department has not paid the legal costs which were awarded to the subsequently dismissed official.
The DA is equally concerned at the apathy shown by the Department in taking action against a school principal in the Hantam region who, after an investigation, was found to have misappropriated as much as R65 000 of the schools funds. The brazen nature of the financial abuse had seen the schools cheques being cashed in places as far as Gauteng. It must be asked why the Department hasn’t taken any action yet?
It is clear that much more is expected of Education MEC, Griezelda Cjiekella, leadership of the Department, especially when even her ANC alliance partners SADTU picket against her Department. Equally though, SADTU should be willing to show the same urgency in addressing matters related to incalcitrant educators. Such actions would show we are all serious and concerned about improving the quality of education in the province.
The DA will be submitting parliamentary questions to ascertain what action the MEC’s department is taking to address the issues we and SADTU have raised.