Ver­i­fi­ca­tion is state re­spon­si­bil­ity

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Robert du Plooy

YOUR front page head­line in The Star, De­cem­ber 30, refers.

Why must par­ents be held re­spon­si­ble for ver­i­fi­ca­tion of schools?

Why not hold the gov­ern­ment re­spon­si­ble for ap­point­ing the “re­spon­si­ble min­is­ter” of Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion, Angie Mot­shekga?

In­cluded in this blamegame should be Sadtu (South African Demo­cratic Teach­ers Union) for not al­low­ing proper su­per­vi­sion and as­sess­ments.

Why expect that (of­ten) poorly ed­u­cated par­ents, scrap­ing their mea­gre sav­ings to­gether for a child’s bet­ter ed­u­ca­tion be held to ac­count for en­rolling in “dodgy in­sti­tu­tions”?

Such “dodgy” per­pe­tra­tors would cer­tainly get the death penalty in China – where the Chi­nese place the high­est pri­or­ity on ex­cel­lence in ed­u­ca­tion.

The cul­prits (in­clud­ing Sadtu and the min­is­ter) should face a min­i­mum of 30 years in prison in South Africa (with­out the chance of pa­role) – for they are de­stroy­ing the fu­ture em­ploy­a­bil­ity of learn­ers. Sun­ward Park Boks­burg

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