MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY

 


IFP WARNS: CHILD EDUCATION IN ULUNDI AT STAKE

March 2, 2005

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 communities.

"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