The Education Department seems intent on misleading the Legislature and avoid being held to account, by submitting blatant untruths in response to parliamentary questions.
Today it has become apparent that the Department has once again submitted untruths to the House.
Earlier this year I was contacted by a disgruntled parent pleading for assistance in obtaining her son’s National Senior Certificate (NSC) which has been outstanding since he wrote his NSC examinations in 2017.
Numerous attempts to gain clarity from the Department, including from senior managers, the district director and Education MEC Fundile Gade, fell on deaf ears. After exhausting all other means, I then submitted a parliamentary question to get clarity on what the hold up was.
In the response MEC Gade stated that the certificate had been sent for printing in September and would be ready for collection on 15 October 2019.
Upon receiving the response, the mother and her son visited the school, and the district education office, after 15 October 2019. The officials at the school and the district office were unaware of the MEC’s commitment and the certificate was nowhere to be found.
Last week MEC Gade and his department were caught out in a blatant lie around the Sonwabile Primary school in Ncera Village, Buffalo City Metro. The MEC denied that grade R learners had been denied their right to education for an entire term, because the department failed to repair the roof of their classroom.
An oversight quickly established that the Department’s submissions to the Legislature were a blatant lie.