30 July 2013
This National Science Week we call upon the
Minister of Science and Technology, Derek Hanekom, to ensure that
our rural schools are receiving the necessary support when it
comes to teaching science and technology in their classrooms
considering past imbalances.
IFP Spokesperson on Education, Mr Alfred
Mpontshane, MP, said, “Many rural schools lack the learning
resources required to teach learners in our physical sciences.
It is the responsibility of the Department of Science and
Technology to make sure that learners in rural schools are well
equipped in science and technology. It is shocking that many
Grade 12 learners are computer illiterate due to lack of access
to science and technology. Teachers are expected to teach
science at schools without having the required laboratories or
even basic chemistry equipment.”
Mpontshane further stated that, “The Minister
must establish science centres that will serve as skills
training facilities for teachers as well as our unemployed youth
in all current technologies. We must empower our youth to be
technology savvy. Science Expos and career exhibitions should
also take place in rural areas,” concluded Mpontshane.
The IFP calls on the Minister to ensure that
projects like the R6-million Cofimvaba School District
Technology Project are extended to other rural areas.
Furthermore, the Department of Basic
Education as well as the Department of Energy must work closely
with the Department of Science and Technology in ensuring that
rural schools have access to electricity, which is still a major
challenge in many rural areas.
IFP Spokesperson on Education, Mr
Alfred Mpontshane, MP, 083 441 6201
IFP Parliamentary Caucus Media Liaison
Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675