- AfriForum is applying pressure on the state in order to see Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi axed
- The lobby group has reportedly been flooded with requests from parents over alleged misconduct
- The government was criticised for lauding Lesufi as a symbol of excellence in the province
AfriForum will be launching a 'comprehensive campaign' aimed at pressurising the government into dismissing Panyaza Lesufi.
Briefly.co.za reported that the Gauteng education MEC had been brought back to the position after public outcry calling for his return. The state often commended his work in his sector.
Nevertheless, AfriForum's Carien Bloem explained that the group had been inundated with requests from parents:
"This after AfriForum had been flooded with requests from parents who had enough of the MEC's mismanagement of the current school placement process, as well as many other examples of misconduct."
A key issue seems to be the limited amount of space in the region's schooling system, which the department aims to combat with the introduction of mobile classrooms.
Highly coveted schools are being engaged with by the government in a bid to make room for learners who have yet to find places for next year.
Afrikaans is set to be introduced to empty township schools as a language of instruction in an attempt to draw more learners, reports News24.
AfriForum has disagreed, adamant that these initiatives will fail to provide lasting solutions, blasting the MEC for failing to accept responsibility of the failed online application system:
"The MEC believes that schools should merge to create full English-medium schools. However, the matter is not that simple, and this will not solve the problem of too few schools in Gauteng in time. The online application system and school placements are but one of many issues that will be addressed by AfriForum's campaign."
Lesufi's disdainful comments on Afrikaans were also cited as a reason for the campaign, with the group accusing the MEC of making racist and polarising statements meant to divide.
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