Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Political parties debate the Western Cape State of the Province Address

Oscar Thomas
25 February 2015

Western Cape members of the provincial legislature threw blows at each other while debating the State of the Province Address on Tuesday.

Major topics which were debated including schools, land reform, racism and employment.

The opposition parties criticised the Democratic Alliance of not finding placement for learners who registered late for school and did not have place.

MEC of Education Debbie Schafer said the Matric results we all know,number one we can look at retention.

If you want us to become number one by culling all our learners like they do in the North West and the Free State Gauteng then that’s fine we’ll do that if you want but what about those poor learners who don’t have an education.

With regards to the allegations of learners not being in classrooms from 500 to a 1000 we don’t know as we have asked Vanessa Le Roux to come and tell us who they are she still hasn’t given us the list despite us meeting with her.

When you have 23 000 extra people coming into the province at the beginning of the year you cannot simply plan for every individual to be in school at the beginning of the term.

Meanwhile African National Congress’s Marius Fransman said the dropout rate in the province is poor and the province is doing little to solve this.

Fransman said a 100 learners in the Mitchells Plain is struggling to get access to schools.

Fransman said The Dropout rate in the Cape Flats is high then they decided to close the schools apparently they have tried again with a particular process.

“Don’t play party political interests when it comes to the lives of poor people” Fransman added.



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