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SA’s education system labelled ‘a national catastrophe’

Minister Motshekga says education in South Africa is characterised by 'pockets of disasters'.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga speaks to the media during a press conference in Limpopo. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.
Angie Motshekga,Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga
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JOHANNESBURG - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has called South Africa's education system a "national catastrophe" and a "crisis".

The City Press is reporting that Motshekga read the riot acts to her officials and teachers unions in a speech delivered during a three-day education Lekgotla in Centurion this week.

The meeting was also attended by MECs and department heads.

Minister Motshekga says education in South Africa is characterised by "pockets of disasters".

She gave a brutally honest assessment of where her department is now and where it should be.

Her spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga says, “You can look at any assessment. It will show you that parts of the education system is working… others are not.”

Mhlanga says the minister will take harsh steps against under performing officials.

“There has to be consequences to departments to poor performance or mediocrity. Especially when people know what they’re supposed to do and they don’t do it.”

Motshekga lambasted teachers who were hardly found in class, calling them the "elephants in the room". 

She also spoke about a constitutional court ruling that said that the department's failure to deliver one textbook per child in Limpopo at the beginning of the academic year was a violation of their rights.

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