Open let­ter to Ed­u­ca­tion MEC

The Star Early Edition - - LIFESTYLE VERVE - Ju­dith Tay­lor

GAUT­ENG MEC of Ed­u­ca­tion Panyaza Le­sufi, you have known for five years that the prov­ince needs at least 200 new schools, and yet you have only built 41.

Pupil-teacher ra­tios have risen be­yond what is ac­cept­able. School fees are ris­ing above what is ac­cept­able to cope with the in­flux so that more teach­ers can be em­ployed by gov­ern­ing bod­ies.

The fact is that you are fail­ing in your job to make ed­u­ca­tion ac­ces­si­ble to the chil­dren of Gaut­eng and their par­ents. As I look across our coun­try, I re­alise how badly our chil­dren have been let down.

More and more have no ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tion or life in gen­eral. So many are or­phans with no sup­port. MEC Le­sufi, you should be ashamed, as so should all your col­leagues, of the way you are treat­ing South Africa’s fu­ture. Please re-ac­quaint your­self with the Free­dom Char­ter and the con­sti­tu­tion and take the ac­tions that you are re­quired to do. Sand­ton

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