Class of 2015: DA EC wants Education MEC gone


The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Eastern Cape has called for the resignation of embattled Education MEC Mandla Makupula, after the province’s 2015 matric pass mark again ranked as the worst performing in the country.

On Tuesday, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga revealed that the national pass rate had dropped from 75.8% in 2014, to 70.7% with the Eastern Cape only achieving 56.8% compared to the previous year’s 65.4%.

Speaking in statement, DA MPL Edmund van Vuuren said Makupula has continued turning “a blind eye” to the problems facing the department, despite predicting a pass rate of 75%.

“As the DA, we are bitterly disappointed by these results [which] are worse than what we expected. Education is the ticket out of the poverty cycle, but the dreams and hopes for opportunities for our learners are being destroyed by a dysfunctional department,” van Vuuren said.

“The department and the MEC must start admitting to their failures within a toxic environment of lack of political leadership, unions and a corrupt bureaucracy”.