DA request for education debate is refused

The Democratic Alliance’s request to the Speaker of the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature that important issues around education in the province be discussed in the House as a Matter of Public Interest has been declined.

The recent Grahamstown High Court ruling compelling the MEC for Education, Mandla Makupula, and directors of the Department of Education to fill every vacant teacher post in schools in the province by 2 November and the shortage of textbooks and workbooks are matters of national importance.

The general chaos in the education system is currently a topic of grave concern within the public domain.

“The Legislature is the foremost institution in our province for holding the provincial cabinet to account.

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The only reason why people are turning to the courts is because the legislature is failing to carry out its responsibilities. The DA demands that our provincial parliament starts doing its job more effectively” said Pine Pienaar from the DA.

“It is in the interest of the citizens of the Eastern Cape at large that practical decisions are made to bring an end to the textbook crisis and that the implications of the High Court judgment on vacancies are dealt with in a decisive manner to ensure that education in this province is put back on track” added Pienaar.

The DA believes that education is a ticket out of cycle of poverty, unemployment and inequality.

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