The IFP expresses outrage at the
Department of Education's plans to move the existing Regional
Office away from Ulundi and not to replace it with a District
Office as previously envisaged.
In the wider context, the department
intends to phase out all regional offices and replace them with
district offices. Ulundi, however, is being singled out in this
scheme as the only place where the department plans no district
office in the future.
The plan will affect countless teachers,
learners, parents, and some 425 regional office staff in the
area. "Child education in Ulundi is at stake," warned
Dr Joel Mthethwa, MPP, who chairs the IFP study group on
education, "the IFP has no choice but express its outrage
at such a scheme."
Dr Mthethwa also said:
"For reasons unknown, the Department
of Education is bent on destroying all that has been achieved
during the past fifty years by the KwaZulu Departments of
Education and Public Works as well as by the parents and
"The department has set a dangerous
precedent. It has repeatedly pledged to bring government
services closer to the people. In practice, it wants to take
these services away from the people.
"The decision to move the regional
office away from Ulundi without a replacement is nonsensical,
uneconomical and insensitive to the people of Ulundi. Crucial
decisions about these people are being made without any
consultations with those concerned."
Contact: Dr Joel Mthethwa, 082 358 1040