DA wants failed US policy on education to help SA

educationEconomic exclusion of blacks must first be addressed in the classroom and thereafter in the boardroom.

This is the view of the DA, which yesterday released a discussion document on black economic empowerment and equality in education.

Central to the party’s green paper on economic inclusion is the country’s poor state of education. The proposals seem to have been lifted from the US policy called “No Child Left Behind”, which has been termed a failure in America.

“At the heart of the DA’s position on redress lies the recognition that exclusion from economic opportunities must primarily be addressed by broadening access to quality education, improving educational outcomes and the alignment of education and skills development initiatives with the needs of the economy,” the party says.

Its document is also likely to draw the ire of teacher unions, especially the SA Democratic Teachers Union, as it suggests that teachers are poorly qualified and that school management leaves much to be desired.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga also came in for some heavy criticism.

Although not mentioned by name, the documentcalls on her to finalise “clear norms and standards” to create an environment “that is conducive to learning”. – timeslive.co.za/praag