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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

South African Education Desperately Needs Your Help!

I received the latest Take Action Alert by email from the Family Policy Institute's Errol Naidoo. Unfortunately it is not on their website yet, so I am going to take the liberty to post the whole email here.

Last year I noticed a profound change in attitude by the Zuma administration. The shift in the way policy is formulated falls in line with what God is revealing to many Christians around the country.

The Body of Christ will be presented with unprecedented opportunities in 2010 to influence the nation’s public policy development. However, we must not miss these God-given opportunities.

One of the more encouraging statements to emanate from Government last year, came from Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, who admitted that Outcome Based Education (OBE) had failed the nation’s education objectives and that a policy re-evaluation was necessary.

As a result, Parliament has issued the following statement requesting written submissions from South African citizens on the critically important aspects of basic education.

Christian citizens, especially those involved in education have a responsibility to speak into the area of education & provide God-inspired solutions to the many challenges facing our nation.

Most Christians I speak to are concerned about the alarming decline in Christian values in the schooling system, including its tragic consequences. This is your chance to be part of the solution!

Please make your voice heard on this vital issue. The quality of education has the potential to either make or break this nation. Your input is critical because it contains Godly wisdom.

Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Basic Education is shifting its focus towards the delivery of and challenges facing quality education in South Africa. This after the Committee noted areas of concern, particularly with regard to equal access to quality education by all categories of learners and questionable levels of learning outcomes.

The Committee is now calling for written submissions on aspects affecting quality outcomes in primary and high schools. Those aspects include the following:
  • Curriculum content
  • Teacher development
  • Class size
  • Managerial capacity at schools
  • Orientating schools towards specialisation
  • Values in education.
Submissions are also invited on the issue of access to education. This pertains to such issues as geographic location of schools and infrastructure; language barriers; homeless children/orphans; children in trouble with the law and education in prisons and inclusive education.

Through these submissions, the Committee aims to obtain first-hand information on the pressure points and to find mutual solutions that would make positive contribution towards improving areas of concern within the basic education system.

All stakeholders and teachers in particular are urged to contribute and send their submissions by 28 February 2010.

Submissions should be e-mailed to Committee Secretary: Mr Llewellyn Brown, at lbrown@parliament.gov.za by no later than 28 February 2010. Enquiries tel Mr Llewellyn Brown: (021) 403 3764, cell 083 709 8450


Errol Naidoo

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