National Planning Minister, Trevor Manuel, has expressed concern about the poor state of education in South Africa.
Manuel was speaking on World Teachers’ Day during a dialogue with Nelson Mandela Bay Metro youth in Port Elizabeth. He says the country urgently needs a quality education system.
“We know education is very highly unequal and we must start a situation where education is a lottery; your parents are well off enough to afford to put you in a school where the teachers are highly motivated, where the School Governing Body functions and then you have opportunity. If you do not because your parents are poor, then the lottery is like standing in the lotto queue, it just looks at you, but nothing happens, education must be fixed, can be fixed.”
Building of the school is an important step towards seeing children being taught in conducive environments
Meanwhile, President Jacob Zuma says he is optimistic that a newly-built school in the Eastern Cape will produce leaders of a high calibre.
He handed over the Ethridge Junior Secondary School to the provincial government to mark World Teachers’ Day. Zuma says the building of the school is an important step towards seeing children being taught in conducive environments.
Anglican missionaries founded the school in the last century. A mining company has renovated it at a cost of R45-million. Zuma has thanked the company for heeding government’s call to help improve schools in rural areas.