Dept’s denial an obstacle to quality education
16 February 2021
The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Northern Cape identified critical shortcomings in our oversight visits to schools across the province. Every visit contradicts the department’s briefing last week on school readiness.
While the department reported that 97% of schools received stationary and everyone had enough textbooks, for example, shortages of learner and teacher support materials (LTSM) remains a challenge at primary and high schools alike. An estimated 42% of schools did not receive their textbooks in time to teach from the first day of school.
Retrieval rates reported by schools range from 80% to 90%, which shows that schools are playing their part. We now need the department to play their part too. One school has an urgent need of LTSM to the estimated amount of R430 000 before it can begin with meaningful schooling.
If we cannot use every day of 2021 fully, how can we catch up on the academic time lost from last year?