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DA outlines education policy

The DA says the key points of its education policy are quality, access and accountability.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance said on Tuesday more of the country's high performing schools need more classrooms.

The party outlined its education policy on Monday when it said quality, access and accountability are key.

DA leader Helen Zille said quality teaching was a massive challenge and she wanted incentives and performance contracts to be introduced.

"We want to bring outstanding teachers to poor schools and we'd like talented mathematicians and scientists to become teachers, at least for four or five years after they graduate."

She said every child would have a textbook in every subject.

"What we have to do is provide textbooks that assume the child is learning very little in the classroom and then [have it] take that child from the beginning to the end of the process."

She said the DA would cut out the middleman to avert problems when ordering textbooks.

"We are also very keen on the direct ordering by schools from the publishers. So that we cut out all the middle men and that there are no problems when trying to deliver textbooks."

She said there also needs to be accountability in South Africa's education system.

"In order to improve accountability and governance in the education system the DA will introduce performance targets for schools based on each schools previous best performance."

Zille said additional specialised Maths and Science secondary schools would also be introduced.

In addition, Zille said there would be a nationwide bursary scheme to assist 50,000 academically talented learners from poor backgrounds.

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