15 March 2011
The Inkatha Freedom Party welcomes the Basic Education Laws
However, the department must continue to look closely at the
In conclusion the Inkatha Freedom Party also wishes to congratulate
the Minister and Department on a job well done in respect of the
high pass and exemption rate of students. This was achieved despite
many obstacles and it is a testament to both the Department and the
students that such good results were achieved.
Continuous professional Development of our teachers must be
provided for by the South African Council for Educators (SACE). This
is a non-negotiable and the IFP do not agree with teacher training
being subject to funds being available from the Department.
The clause which prevents party political activity at schools
during school hours is welcomed by the IFP but what about the huge
amount of disruptions at schools that are brought about by the
activities of certain unions? The school arena must be such that
only educational activities are allowed therein. Anything less and
we are failing our children. The Department must ensure that
anything of a non-educational nature must be banned from school
grounds during school operating hours.
Our teachers must realize that they are the guardians of our
children’s education. They are therefore duty bound like any other
essential service in this country to place the needs of their wards
before their own needs. Last year many teachers failed the youth of
our country by embarking upon an extended strike just before the
matric exams. This cannot and must not be allowed to occur again.
The Inkatha Freedom Party support the bill.
I thank you.