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State steps in at EC schools

Timeslive has reported in March that the National Department of Education has placed the Provincial Department of Education under administration. The National Department plans to "fast-track progress on the turnaround plan submitted by the provincial department".

In June it was reported that Normal 0 false false false EN-ZA X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 a memorandum of understanding was signed to move the supervision of the department to the department of basic education.

Parents that are affected by the issues in the Eastern Cape must now wait until the National Department solves their problems. But if the National Department cannot solve the problems? When there is no higher level of government that can place the lower level of government under adminstration, who must the take responsibility? Then the lowest level of government, namely parents, must take over. This is already happening in the Eastern Cape, where private schools have grown 422% from 2000 to 2009.

This decision was the result of a movement of learners, parents, teachers and community members, that have asked Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and President Jacob Zuma to follow through on their threats and take over the running of the Education Department in the Eastern Cape, as was reported by the SABC in February.

Click here to read an article on how it made no difference when a provincial government puts a local municipality under administration. If it did not work for municipalities, why should it work for schools?

In August Die Burger reported that pres. Zuma was visiting the schools in the Eastern Cape, in order to inspect whether it made any difference when the national department took over the provincial department. Various camps in the ANC are increasingly sceptical that the actions of the national department had the desired effect.

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