07 October 2013
"The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal
have congratulated Hon. N.P. Nkonyeni in her new
position as the MEC for Education. When we look back at what
happened in education, a lot is to be desired" said Hon.
M.B. Khawula, Shadow MEC for Education. "The present premier Hon. E.S.
Mchunu, as the MEC for Education from 2009, has left a
very questionable legacy in education.
Since 2004 when the ANC took control of
KwaZulu-Natal, matric results in the province went down and the
level of education in the province also derailed" said Khawula.
Khawula went on to explain that MEC E. S.
Mchunu presided over a department that was fraught with
corruption, where there was favouritism in appointments, with a
high incidence of poor management at all levels, where power was
centralised to the detriment of efficiency.
Khawula said that as we speak, all construction work in
all schools in the province has come to a standstill because
contractors have not been paid.
"We concede that the Mchunu era matric results
have been better than the Ina Cronje era matric results.
But all these matric results have never reached the mark
that was left by the IFP in education in KwaZulu-Natal" said
N.P. Nkonyeni comes with her own baggage. As MEC for Health four
years ago, she presided over a department that was fraught with
corruption and poor management. We hope that when she assumes
office as MEC for Education, she will close that bad chapter of
poor management and start on a new slate" said Khawula.
He concluded that, "education needs strong and
focused leadership, in order to improve the image of education
in the province and improve management, curb corruption, improve
and reinstate professionalism".
The IFP cannot prejudge Nkonyeni in this new
position but wishes to state that time will tell if she was the
ideal choice for this very important portfolio.
Issued by Mntomuhle Khawula
Spokesperson for Education