REPORT: DA and ANCYL EC want Makupula gone

BY CHARL BOSCH - JANUARY 18, 2016

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Eastern Cape and African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) have both called for the resignation of embattled Education MEC Mandla Makipula, after the province’s 2015 matric pass rate again ranked as the worst in the country.  

According to a weekend CityPress article, both parties cited Makupula’s lack of ideas and foresight for the pass rate dropping from 65.4% in 2014, to 56.8% last year, with DA MPL Edmund van Vuuren also accusing him of showing little interest in improving matters.

“He has made promises at the legislature and said things are improving in the education department. He even gave an undertaking that he will get 70% because they are doing everything,” van Vuuren told the paper.

“We [have] had no other MEC who has promised so many things that did not take place. It seems the more he says, the less his officials are taking him seriously”.

Van Vuuren also stated that the party were “bitterly disappointed” when the results were released by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga two weeks ago, adding that “opportunities for our pupils are being destroyed by a dysfunctional department”.

In a similar reaction, ANCYL spokesperson Ayongezwa Lungisa said it would be engaging with the ANC for the removal of the Makupukla, who he described as having “failed spectacularly” to achieve the targets set out by the department.

“For six consecutive years, the Eastern Cape has been at the tail-end in matric results when compared with other provinces,” the paper quoted Lungisa as saying.

“The MEC has been at the helm since 2010 and all his efforts have been witnessed. We do not believe that there is more creativity forthcoming from his leadership to take us forward”.

Speaking in Port Elizabeth last week as part of his school readiness campaign, Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle said while the Province had taken notice of the calls to remove Makupula, it would first need to “get all its ideas together” before a decision is made.

“It takes more than just the MEC or Head of Department - it takes a whole chain that we must make effective including at the school itself,” Masualle told the SABC.

“We will consider those calls and where there is a need for changes such changes will be done and I think there are a number of areas in the value chain of delivering education”.