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DA calls for Limpopo education MEC to be axed

The party says a 10.4% drop in the province's overall pass rate over the last two years is reason enough.

One of the schools damaged during protests in Vuwani last year. Picture: EWN.

VUWANI – The Democratic Alliance in Limpopo has called for the education MEC to be axed following a drop in the matric percentage pass rate.

The party says a 10.4% drop in the province's overall pass rate over the last two years is reason enough for the premier to recall the MEC.

Violent protests in Vuwani last year saw more than 30 schools being burnt and vandalised, causing a three month halt to teaching in some areas.

The DA says the future of pupils in the province remains in jeopardy as long as MEC Ishmael Kgetjepe remains at the helm of the department.

The party's Jacques Smalle says Kgetjepe failed to tackle what he calls the capture of the provinces education department by the South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu).

Smalle says the education system is on a downward trajectory and Premier Stan Mathabatha should rescue the situation and not just pay lip service to the crisis.

The province obtained a 62.5% pass rate, making it the second worst performing province in the country.

(Edited by Neo Koza)

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