Apartheid education was better

Pretoria – The apartheid-era Bantu education
system was much better than the current
education regime, a Wits academic said in Pretoria
on Thursday.
"It was far better in terms of quality than the
education that our kids are receiving nowadays.
That is where the problem is," Rabelani Dagada, a
lecturer at Wits Business School, told a debate on
affirmative action.
"Affirmative action should be about
empowerment. The best way to empower is not to
take from those who have and give to those who
don’t have. It won’t work."
Dagada said South Africans could only be
empowered through proper education.
"After 20 years of democracy, the education levels
have plunged. It’s worse than the so-called Bantu
education. The best way to do transformation,
empowerment is to provide quality education."
Former foreign affairs minister Pik Botha said
South Africa, under the ANC’s leadership, had
moved away from former president Nelson
Mandela’s principles. He said the country’s
affirmative action policies were mainly hurting the
black majority.
"How much further down must all of us go before
we say this is enough now? Our education is far
behind, it is the worst in Africa, [but] it has the
highest per capita expenditure."
Botha said Zimbabwe’s education system was
better than South Africa’s.
"When is this going to change? At state hospitals
black patients must wait for three years for an
operation."
Botha said when Mandela became president, he
was careful not to lose skilled white people.
"He said we must not lose the proficiency of the
whites. They must not leave the public service,
but they should help us to train people to achieve
that same proficiency," said Botha.
"They have now removed all those people."
SAPA

Source: m.news24.com/news24/SouthAfrica/News/Bantu-education-was-better-academic-20130815

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