Ramphele bemoans poor education

Agang leader Mamphela Ramphele says government has failed to improve the education system.

Dr. Mamphela Ramphela. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Agang leader Mamphela Ramphele has taken a swipe at government again, accusing it of being responsible for the country's dire social state and the weakening education system.

The academic and businesswoman, who is set to launch her political party in two days' time, says if voted into power she will employ more teachers and implement basic norms and standards of education.

Ramphele addressed delegates at the launch of the African Education Week in Sandton earlier.

She said South Africa under invested in quality education.

"South Africa is suffering from the impact of a public education system that is failing on a massive scale."

Ramphele said although some teachers took great pride in their work, many more young people still did not have access to quality education.

"Education departments in our government are often led by the weakest ministers."

She also blasted the government saying it failed to prioritise education.

Ramphele has been going around the country in the last few months canvassing support.

She has promised to improve their lives of ordinary people and promote active citizenship.

South Africa will go to the polls in 2014.