Last week, Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said he supported the South African Council of Educators’ (SACE) plans to make public the names of those found guilty of sexually abusing pupils.
Lesufi was speaking at the Independent Schools Responsibility Summit in Midrand.
This comes in light of the increasing number of teachers being suspected of sexual misconduct. From April to August this year, SACE received 21 complaints related to sexual misconduct by teachers.
Lesufi promises that as of 2018 all educators will be vetted prior to being employed.
If we are not honest with the state of the education system in South Africa it will be difficult to resolve the serious issues posing a threat to the system.— Panyaza Lesufi, Gauteng MEC of education
Lesufi stresses that if you don't employ a good principal, then you won't have a school that runs well. He further explains that education should never be a contested terrain but should be a space that embodies compliance and accountability.
We need to understand that we need to compete with the best in the world. We can't solve all our social problems through social grants but we can overcome a majority of our problems through quality education.— Panyaza Lesufi, Gauteng MEC of education
The MEC believes these are challenges that need to be overcome and is hopeful that South Africa possess the talent, quality, and capacity to improve the education system with an efficient mechanism.
Invest in your own teacher development.— Panyaza Lesufi, Gauteng MEC of education
Listen to the full interview in the clip below: