Mmusi Maimane Challenges Angie Motshekga to a Public Debate on South Africa's Educational System

Mmusi Maimane Challenges Angie Motshekga to a Public Debate on South Africa's Educational System

  • Mmusi Maimane, the ONE SA Movement leader wants to have a public debate with Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga
  • In his advocacy to reforming the education system, Maimane says the 30% pass mark should be phased out
  • Some social media users seem to support Maimane while others think scrapping the 30% pass mark is not the root of the problem

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JOHANNESBURG - Mmusi Maimane, the leader of One SA Movement has now challenged the Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga to a public debate on issues within the educational system.

Maimane is an avid advocate for the betterment of South Africa's education system and he just recently launched a petition to end the 30% pass mark for grade 12 learners. Maimane says the petition has now garnered more than 10 000 signatures so far.

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Mmusi Maimane is calling for the 30% mark for matric learners to come to an end. Images: Veli Nhlapo & Waldo Swiegers
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On his official Twitter account, Maimane posted a statement in which he highlights key areas of concern that he wants to debate with Motshekga on.

These areas of debate include the 30% pass mark, remuneration for teachers and Life Orientation. Maimane has previously proposed that LO should be scrapped and replaced with a new subject that teaches pupils to think critically, amongst other things.

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According to Maimane the department's standards for achieving a matric certificate are too low and undermine the intellect of South Africans. He went on to say Motshekga's department is failing the country.

"Angie Motshekga's department is failing to equip young people to compete and win in the global economy," wrote Maimane.

The statement:

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In a recent media briefing, Motshekga stated that the 30% pass mark is not the standard for passing matric. She explained that there are three levels a pupil can achieve which are a Bachelor pass which grants university entry, Diploma and Higher Certificate pass, according to News24.

However, Maimane this the department is doctoring numbers for political reasons.

Some South Africans are not on board with Maimane's stance on social media

@Scottch81711756 said:

"Mmusi you are way out of your lane on education matters Man shrugging. Your argument is totally misplaced, your argument should be how do we improve on the gains that we achieved since 1994 on our education system on curriculum content development to appeal to the Job Market."

@alvandreschoem1 said:

"Changing the pass mark won't change anything if the curriculum stays the same, cause all that will be happening now is that more learners will fail and more would drop out."

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Others said they support Maimane's call to end the 30% pass mark

@N_Jiyane_012 said:

"Mmusi is making a lot of sense here. I don't know why we are taking him slightly. This is not about us but the future generation yet to be born."

@JihadAlBasir said:

"Couldn't agree more. I'm with you on this one. The education quality in this country is appalling."

Mmusi Maimane calls for new subject in place of LO to help with critical thinking

Briefly News previously reported that Mmusi Maimane, who is the leader and founder of One South Africa Movement has always been an advocate for the improvement of the South African educational system.

The former Democratic Alliance leader headed to social media to include his followers in his advocacy and issued a poll asking them if Life Orientation should be replaced with a new subject.

Taking to his Twitter page, Maimane asked fellow South Africans if they agreed with the idea of introducing a new subject called Critical Thinking and General Knowlege in place of LO. Maimane stated that the new subject would teach theory and the practice of critical thinking.

Source: Briefly News

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