Still a lot to know about Gup­tas, state must ex­plain

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Temba

I HAVE dis­cov­ered that one of the #Gupta leaks is ti­tled “How Gup­tas went be­hind the gov­ern­ment’s back on Dalai Lama”.

This re­vealed that the Gup­tas had in­vited the Dalai Lama to be the spe­cial guest at the in­au­gu­ral South African of the Year awards held on Septem­ber 6, 2014.

This is an­other dis­turb­ing mat­ter about the Gup­tas be­cause they wanted to do some­thing op­po­site to the po­si­tion of the SA gov­ern­ment on the Dalai Lama.

This move by the Gup­tas showed lack of re­spect for the gov­ern­ment.

One of my pub­lished ar­ti­cles was ti­tled “SA dances to China’s tune”. I em­pha­sised that I did not be­lieve the gov­ern­ment had a prob­lem at all for the Dalai Lama to at­tend Arch­bishop Emer­i­tus Des­mond Tutu’s 80th birth­day.

SA de­nied the Dalai Lama a visa to come to the coun­try be­cause of China’s stance on him, es­pe­cially when one THERE is no doubt that Bantu ed­u­ca­tion was in­fe­rior to that of whites’ dur­ing apartheid, and that fund­ing was skewed to­wards white schools.

Yet, af­ter 23 years of ANC rule, Angie Mot­shekga, the Min­is­ter of Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion, has ad­mit­ted that South African schools are in what is “akin to a na­tional cri­sis”.

Fund­ing is no longer a prob­lem as over 6% of GDP is spent on ed­u­ca­tion – more than any other African coun­try. took into ac­count the diplo­matic-cum-eco­nomic ties be­tween SA and China.

It is my be­lief that SA was held to ran­som by China. There is a diplo­matic pro­ce­dure to be fol­lowed for peo­ple to visit SA. If the gov­ern­ment had de­nied the Dalai Lama en­try to at­tend Tutu’s birth­day, and the Gup­tas in­vited him with­out the con­sent of the gov­ern­ment, who is re­ally in power?

The Gup­tas had a plan for the Dalai Lama to at­tend their oc­ca­sion. Un­for­tu­nately, he turned down their invitation due to his full travel sched­ule, as in­di­cated by his sec­re­tary, Ten­zin Taklha. Per­haps the Dalai Lama turned down the invitation to hit those in gov­ern­ment who are co-op­er­at­ing In his 2016 Bud­get speech, Pravin Gord­han bud­geted R297.5 bil­lion for ed­u­ca­tion, of which R205.8bn was al­lo­cated to ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion.

Yet our ed­u­ca­tion is in cri­sis – the ex­cuse be­ing the “legacy of apartheid”. Where does all this money go to? Let’s look at the facts.

In 2014/2015 South Africa’s maths and sci­ence ranked last with the Gup­tas in pur­su­ing their own agenda.

For the Gup­tas to land their pri­vate plane at Air Force Base Waterk­loof for their wed­ding proves they had co-op­er­a­tion from some in gov­ern­ment.

I also be­lieve that the Dalai Lama did so in sol­i­dar­ity with his friend, Tutu. He knew very well that those with close ties to the Gup­tas are the very same peo­ple in gov­ern­ment who hit Tutu by mak­ing sure that the Dalai Lama was not al­lowed en­try into the coun­try. It would have been a spit on Tutu’s face had the Dalai Lama re­sponded pos­i­tively.

There is a lot to know about the Gup­tas and gov­ern­ment owes the peo­ple of South Africa an­swers about these peo­ple.

The Gupta sto­ries are not yet fin­ished. How they landed at Air Force Base Waterk­loof is still awaited.

Gup­tas showed lack of re­spect for gov­ern­ment

Ham­man­skraal out of 140 coun­tries. In 2015, 213 000 pupils out of nearly 800 000 failed their end-of-year ex­ams (26.6%). This is apart from the mas­sive dropout rate. More than half of pupils start­ing in Grade 1 drop out over the 12-year pe­riod.

A study last year by Stel­len­bosch Univer­sity high­lighted these prob­lems: 1. Poor teacher con­tent knowl­edge, and the in­abil­ity to im­part knowl­edge ef­fec­tively. 2. Mul­ti­ple and con­tin­ual changes in cur­ricu­lum and pol­icy, which un­der­mine and de­mor­alise teach­ers. 3. The fact that Sadtu of­fi­cials “had cap­tured the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem, and were in fact run­ning ed­u­ca­tion in six prov­inces”. Sadtu has re­peat­edly re­fused the test­ing and eval­u­a­tion of teach­ers’

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