Motshekga fails and pupils pay the price
Can a department which repeatedly fails to deliver miraculously ensure that every state school has sufficient personal protective equipment within a week? Unlikely.
07:00:37 AMPREMIUM!Deep cleaning of classrooms at Bedfordview Primary School in Bedfordview, 26 May 2020 ahead of pupils returning to school after lockdown measures were introduced to help fight the Covid-19 pandemic. The red crosses on each desk is to stop anyone sitting too close to other pupils. Picture: Neil McCartney
Lockdown communication reached a low point on Sunday evening when Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga’s much-postponed televised briefing was called off at the last minute. Remember, the back to school dates were published in a typically byzantine Government Gazette on 29 May. So, the legal position was that Grades 7 and 12 should return on 1 June. Yet Sunday headlines raised doubts about when schools would reopen. Never mind, we thought, the minister will clear this up. She didn’t. Instead of another rambling speech, there was a low-fanfare media release announcing that no grades would be returning on Monday. This...
Lockdown communication reached a low point on Sunday evening when Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga’s much-postponed televised briefing was called off at the last minute.Remember, the back to school dates were published in a typically byzantine Government Gazette on 29 May. So, the legal position was that Grades 7 and 12 should return on 1 June. Yet Sunday headlines raised doubts about when schools would reopen.
Never mind, we thought, the minister will clear this up. She didn’t. Instead of another rambling speech, there was a low-fanfare media release announcing that no grades would be returning on Monday.This information, important to hundreds of thousands of families, was slipped in unobtrusively by what veteran journalist Mandy Wiener describes as, “a barely accessible communications liaison team”.
The statement seemed designed not to communicate. The most important information – the date on which “learners” should return – did not appear in the headline or in the first five paragraphs.“What we have here is a failure to communicate,” to a quote from the movie,
Cool Hand Luke. Indeed, if Sunday was exam time, Motshekga and her support staff failed.Poor, late communication has consequences. It can mess up people’s lives. Parents had to scramble to make alternative childcare arrangements.For what purpose? There is no chance that every school will be ready by the new 8 June deadline.
Rather than preparing to reopen, many schools regressed. At least 1,577 South African schools have been affected by vandalism, thefts and break-ins during lockdown.As of 28 May, about 3,500 schools did not have adequate water. Up-to-date figures on pit toilets are contested, but in a June 2018 national government audit, 3,898 schools had pit latrines and no other toilets.
Motshekga, 64, knows these shortcomings. What has she done to overcome them since being appointed basic education minister in 2009? Not enough. Scandals during her massively funded 11 years include wide-scale nondelivery of books and multiple deaths of schoolchildren in pit toilets.
Blame apartheid and 26 years of neglect and corruption.Another week of haggling is not going fix this.Sunday’s statement read: “This whole coming week must be used for the proper orientation and training of teachers, the mopping and ramping of all supply chain matters, and final touches to the readiness of each facility for the arrival of learners.”
Was none of this attended to in the past 10 weeks? Can a department which repeatedly fails to deliver and has not used the lockdown productively, miraculously ensure that every state school has sufficient personal protective equipment within a week? Unlikely.
Must all schools stay closed because Motshekga and her department are consistently incompetent? This cannot be correct. Those which can safely open must be allowed to do so.Martin Williams, DA councillor and former editor of The Citizen. Read more: The Citizen News »
Not only motshekga. All the anc structures. All depertments have (as usual) failed. Look at labour, health, co oparative all failed evn the president failed They have been failing schools for years, and were enabled by the parents who would just pay more for things to get done at schools, but for those in poor communities where kids had to rely on them for help, they did only half of nothing to help. Pupils are left in limbo
In a normal performing democracy/meritocracy, this Minister would long have been dismissed. She bungles almost anything from textbooks to the detriment of the future of poor children. The saddest part is, people are going to be shocked and amazed about this.....
Blanket opening of schools 'would have been risky': Angie MotshekgaNot all schools were ready to receive pupils on Monday, which meant a blanket opening was 'risky', basic education minister Angie Motshekga said on Monday. It's interesting to see how other countrues are tackling these challenges compared to the childs-play in our backyard.Then we say we want to be at the same level of development as Americas,Asia and Europe.We cannot open 1 class for lessons after 30days of planing. That's not what you said the first time
Motshekga: Blanket reopening of schools would have been riskyGrades 7s and matrics are now expected back at school next Monday after the resumption of teaching and learning was postponed on Sunday night.
Angie Motshekga blames uneven state of readiness for further delays in reopening schoolsBasic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has blamed uneven readiness across the country's provinces for a further delay in reopening schools. schoolsreopening We are all collectively responsible for her failure. You are the head of this! The blame rests with you! Take ownership To hold back everyone because some can’t cope is ridiculous and has never been done in the past. We didn’t close all schools because some couldn’t provide textbooks, teachers, safe environments etc.We continue to contribute to their unemployability and youth unemployment problem
'Not all schools were ready to open': Angie MotshekgaBasic education minister Angie Motshekga said on Monday the reopening of schools had to be postponed at the eleventh hour because not all of them were ready to operate. If one school was ready so be it. Blanket methodology never worked. Surprise surprise. You had 60 days, minister, 60 days!!!
WATCH LIVE | Motshekga to brief media on readiness for reopening of schools under level 3Education minister Angie Motshekga is expected to provide clarity on the department's readiness for the reopening of schools ✋🏼 That's why ... ..... The World Economic Forum's placed South Africa 137th out of 139 countries for the overall quality of its education system. ________________________________________
We postponed re-opening of schools because most schools were not ready - basic education minister MotshekgaThe minister of basic education Angie Motshekga said she was forced to postpone the re-opening of schools because most schools were not ready. YoliswaSobuwa Go to rural areas and check if there's any movement on doz preparations for the children, pls if you wanna kill dem ask china to send you Corona packages n go spread it urself dan claiming to prepare schools while u only prepare the one's closed to ur area YoliswaSobuwa Black logic