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By unknown | Aug 26, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Michael Sakuneka

Michael Sakuneka

The curriculum being provided at schools in South Africa must be relevant to the needs of the students, according to the United Christian Democratic Party.

National secretary-general of the party, Mavis Matladi, was speaking during a media briefing in Tzaneen, Limpopo, at the weekend to explain the party's policies.

The United Christian Democratic Party was formed by former leader of the then Bophuthatswana homeland, Lucas Mangope, in 1972.

Matladi said her party would strive for a universal education system and would also continue to support free education and no-fee schools.

She said the closure of education colleges had had a huge impact on the production of mathematics and science teachers.

The party is also disturbed by the poor performance of matric pupils in various provinces, blaming it on a lack of inspections by officials working in circuit offices.

"If we win the elections, we will bring back education circuit inspectors and supervisors to monitor the progress at schools as part of improving the education system in South Africa," she said.

The party's NEC members, including national chairman Isaac Mfundisi, deputy president Kgomotso Ditsetelo, Women's League national chairman Beatrice Motshegare, and senior member Pastor Batsile Modise visited the Tzaneen area as part of the party's preparation for the general elections next year.

According to Matladi, party members will work hard to achieve at least 10percent of the votes in the elections and "increase our representation in the national assembly and in various provincial legislatures".

The UCDP got a foot in the door in Limpopo after a Greater Letaba municipal councillor, Samuel Maimela, crossed the floor from the African Christian Democratic Party in September last year.


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