IFP Calls for A Bill to Provide Free and Compulsory Education
18 December 2014.
The IFP has noted the call by the EFF conference
which was held in Bloemfontein to scrap the NSFAS and introduce free
education up to the first university degree. This statement sounds
very attractive especially in circumstances where the majority of
prospective students, especially from African communities, face
serious challenges of access to tertiary education. Whilst the IFP
sympathises with the EFF stance, we believe that two things need to
happen first before we can call for free tertiary education.
"First, we must root out corruption in NSFAS as
it has been reported that corruption is rife where non-deserving
students are benefiting while deserving students are being left out
in the cold. This must come to an end. Second, government needs to
urgently enact legislation that will provide universal, free and
compulsory education for all children from Grade R to Grade 12 thereby doing away with half majors in the form of no fee schools, and
ultimately moving towards the implementation of free tertiary
education," said IFP Spokesperson on Education, Mr Alfred Mpontshane,
"Education is a right which has to be made progressively available to everyone, because an educated workforce is the key to rebuilding our economy," concluded Mr Mpontshane.
Mr Alfred Mpontshane, IFP Spokesperson on Education MP, 083 441 6201