BTW, see also letter in the Star today, page 25, about ANC political education, 
and Kgalema Motlanthe’s failure in that mission, by Kwazi Mthembu.

 

Good letter.

 

 

VC

 

 

From: yclsa-eom-forum@googlegroups.com 
[mailto:yclsa-eom-forum@googlegroups.com] On Behalf Of Dominic Tweedie
Sent: 21 September 2016 08:56
To: yclsa-eom-forum@googlegroups.com
Subject: RE: [YCLSA Discussion] DA Opposes Teaching of History - Statement

 

 

Welcome Cde Khaye,

 

Unfortunately, in the (nearly) year since this statement of the DA came out, 
there has been no improvement. 

 

The Department and the Minister have “kicked the can down the road”.

 

Heritage Day is nearly here. Why can the YCL not make a statement about this?

 

 

VC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From: yclsa-eom-forum@googlegroups.com 
[mailto:yclsa-eom-forum@googlegroups.com] On Behalf Of Khaye Nkwanyana
Sent: 21 September 2016 08:48
To: yclsa-eom-forum@googlegroups.com
Subject: Re: [YCLSA Discussion] DA Opposes Teaching of History - Statement

 

Typical of DA 

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On 12 Oct 2015, at 8:01 AM, VC <cuvc2...@gmail.com> wrote:

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Democratic Alliance, Statement, 11 October 2015

 

 

DA will resist ANC attempts to increase political interference in schools

 

 

Recent developments point to a sinister and sustained attempt by the ANC to 
exert more political control over our school system.

 

History

 

Firstly, on Friday, Minister Angie Motshekga announced in the Government 
Gazette that she has established a Task Team to oversee the implementation of 
History as a compulsory subject in Grades 10-12.

 

This has been done without public consultation on whether or not making History 
compulsory is a good idea.

 

It should be noted that calls to make History compulsory from Grade 10-12 have 
emanated from within the tripartite alliance – notably SADTU. This raises 
concerns that school History will be abused as a political propaganda tool, as 
it was by the apartheid government.

 

There are no good reasons to make History compulsory for Grades 10-12. All 
learners already study History up to Grade 9. Thereafter, all Grade 10-12 
learners take ‘Life Orientation’ which includes topics such as ‘citizenship’ 
and ‘democracy and human rights’.

 

Making History compulsory will come at a significant price. Not only will it 
curtail learner choices, it will divert resources away from where they are 
needed most — in Mathematics, the sciences and languages. The DA therefore 
opposes the move to make History compulsory in Grades 10-12.

 

Sunday Times

 

Secondly, it was revealed in the Sunday Times that the proposed National 
Education Laws Amendment Bill aims to take away the powers of School Governing 
Bodies to:

 

1.   Recommend the appointment of Heads of Department, Deputy Principals and 
Principals.

 

2.   Determine the school’s language policy.

 

3.   Determine the school’s admissions policy.

 

The move to strip School Governing Bodies of their powers is an attempt to 
exert greater state control over public schools. It should be remembered that 
South Africa has a co-operative system of school governance that takes into 
account parents, the broader school community, learners, teachers and the 
government. Any attempt to disrupt this balance is a threat to the democratic 
ethos that underpins our public school system.

 

Lesufi

 

Thirdly, the ANC appears to have declared war on independent schools. As 
Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said at the NGC this weekend: “Private 
schools are part of the education system and can’t operate outside it. That 
period of just giving them licences and leaving them alone is gone.”

 

What the MEC doesn’t mention is that private schools are already part of the 
education system and are, in fact, regulated by the South African Schools Act. 
His rage is therefore misplaced. If the ANC is concerned at parents abandoning 
public schools in favour of affordable independent schools, then it should 
focus on improving the quality of schooling in public schools.

 

Moves to unduly interfere with independent schools, to remove the powers of 
governing bodies in public schools and to force children to take History in 
Grades 10-12 are all politically motivated. Indeed, not one of these proposals 
is borne of a genuine desire to strengthen our education system.

 

The system of Bantu Education was perhaps the most pernicious aspect of 
Apartheid. It is to our national shame that we have been unable to meaningfully 
dent its legacy in the last twenty years. If the ANC is serious about improving 
the quality of education for our poorest learners, it will desist with the 
political sideshows and focus on fixing what is broken instead.

 

 

•    Gavin Davis, Democratic Alliance “Shadow Minister of Basic Education”

 

 

From: 
https://www.da.org.za/2015/10/da-will-resist-anc-attempts-to-increase-political-interference-in-schools/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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