DA outlines education policy

DA leader Helen Zille says access to quality education is the biggest challenge facing South Africa.

DA leader Helen Zille. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Access to quality education is the biggest challenge facing South Africa, Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille said on Monday.

The opposition party outlined its education policy which it would implement, if it was running the country.

The party said South Africa has one of the highest rates of government investment in education globally.

The country budgeted R207 billion for the 2012/13 financial year, but education is still in crisis.

South Africa's quality of education is ranked 133 out of 142 countries.

Zille said if the DA was elected to govern nationally, it would introduce performance contracts for principals.

It would also set academic targets for each school and would test every grade three, six and nine learner for literacy and numeracy.

According to a countrywide assessment, nearly 70 percent of Gauteng's grade three pupils cannot read or count.