The EFF advised the government to institute short and long-term plans for education to benefit the youth of South Africa.
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), together with its Commander-in-Chief Julius Malema listed short-term and long-terms interventions which it thinks the government should institute to better the education system.
Malema listed solutions during the virtual EFF Youth Day Rally on Tuesday 16 June.
EFF LISTS INTERVENTIONS FOR EDUCATION SYSTEM
The EFF advised the government to institute the following short and long-term interventions to better the education system and make sure it is not only a privilege for some.
- Increase the use of information and communications technology in teaching, to improve computer literacy;
- Abolish the Independent Examination Board (IEB) and ensure all learners fall under one education system, with One Education System for One country;
- Undergo massive infrastructure development of schools, through the establishment of computer labs, provision of clean water and abolish the system of pit toilets in schools completely;
- Establish safe scholar transport for learners particularly in rural areas;
- Undergo intensive teacher-training programs to equip teachers with social-sensitivity skills, the use of digital technologies and healthcare training to manage classrooms in the midst of COVID-19;
- Pass legislation that will Zero-Rate all Educational Apps and Content on all gadgets forever, even post COVID-19;
- Cancel all student debt and reintegrate all students who were excluded on the basis of finance. Further, all institutions must issue degrees and certificates that have been withheld on the basis of non-payment of fees;
- Establish a central register and verification system that will link information between institutions of higher learning, Home Affairs, the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) and all relevant social development departments, in order to protect the dignity of students from performing their poverty to receive assistance;
- Establish a sexual crimes unit in all institutions of higher-learning that must be comprised of 70% female staff who have undergone sufficient sensitivity training and are familiar with health and legal processes to protect victims of GBV;
- Facilitate the reopening of all nursing and teaching colleges in order to meet growing demand in the health and education sector;
- Introduce Swahili in institutions of basic and higher learning and ensure that all courses are available in South African languages that are not English and Afrikaans; and
- Ensure that all public medical schools provide courses on traditional medicine.
“The EFF will continue to stand by students in their efforts to fight for the dignity of a black child, and we will continue to champion the struggles of students,” it said.
MALEMA ADDRESSES SPIKE IN GBV
Besides having our education systems operate smoothly, fully benefitting students, South Africa is also in need of interventions regarding gender-based violence.
In the last few days, there have been several violent and cruel acts against women.
“The ruthless murder of women is done by cowards who exist in a society that hates its own mothers, its own sisters and its own daughters,” he said.
“Every day there is news of the abuse of women and the femicide being perpetuated which has left the women of South Africa in a constant state of anxiety and fear for their lives,” added Malema.
Malema said that just as the youth fought for freedom in 1976, the youth in 2020 should be fighting against gender-based violence.
“It must come to an end; it is now time for us to take this struggle into our own hands and defend the women of South Africa,” he added.