File: As police investigate the tragic drowning of a Grade 7 pupil in Magaliesburg, Gauteng MEC Panyaza Lesufi is due to offer his condolences to the family.
JOHANNESBURG – Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has warned “haters” of the Education Amendment Bill not to test his patience.
Lesufi has hit back at insults by those he described as being very nolstagic about the past era.
The bill has come in for severe criticism, with many stakeholders feeling it limits the powers of School Governing Bodies (SGBs) excessively, especially as it relates to the appointment of teachers, admission and language policies, and certain financial decisions.
Lesufi said haters are shaken by his department’s recent move of radical socioeconomic transformation.
“It is quite clear that those who continue to benefit from remnants of segregation and colonialism to the exclusion of the majority of our people are hell bent to put up a fierce fight to close out our people in accessing quality education,” Lesufi said.
“The disturbing noise directed towards the Education Amendment Bill is tantamount to regrouping of those who would like to exclusively keep these benefits to themselves.
“It is important to remind them, that the days of apartheid and colonial education are long over, and as such amendments of the South African Schools Act (SASA) is just the beginning to finally bury the outdated education.
“We, remain resolute and steadfast in our quest for quality, equitable and inclusive Basic Education system in our Country. These, we owe to previous, current, and future generations of South Africa.”
Lesufi said the country “cannot be held at ransom by non-progressive and self-centred beneficiaries of the past and haters of transformation, who think that education of majority of our people must continue to be ignored.”
He has urged the minister of education to extend the deadline for the submissions and to push ahead with the changes.