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'Motshekga's comments on SA education is the first step to fixing it'

The minister at the weekend described the country’s education system as a 'national catastrophe'.

Pupils at Roodepoort Primary have started arriving for the first day of school on 9 September 2015 after weeks of no teaching and learning. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.
Angie Motshekga,Basic Education Department,Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga,Matric results
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JOHANNESBURG - Lobby group, Section 27, says Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga’s admission that the country's education system is a 'national catastrophe' is the first step to fixing it.

The organisation has welcomed her comments made during a three-day education Lekgotla in Centurion last week.

Section 27’s Kate Paterson says Motshekga appears to have shown the political will to improve standards.

“What we’re hoping is that in the next two years, because this is likely to be her last term as the minister of education, is that she’ll be brave. That is exactly what she is being now. It is a very good start in 2016 in light of the crisis of the matric results.”

LISTEN: Basic Education systems characterised by ‘pockets of disasters’

Yesterday, Motshekga warned underperforming education officials that they’ll face decisive action unless they improve.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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