Madame Speaker. Education is the bedrock of raising a society. Without education there is no society and without society there is no education.
Education takes form in various shapes and sizes. Today for example I will be giving the honourable member Paulsen a lesson on informal education which he duly needs.
We live in a society that is Government driven. The ANC led Government has unfortunately made the people of this country government depended.
His question is whether her Department has any plans regarding learners who do not complete their formal education? The consistent question WHAT IS GOVERNMENT DOING FOR US? THE ME MENTALITY.
The Question of the Honourable member is continuing with this momentum. GOVERNMENT; GOVERNMENT; GOVERNMENT. LIKE GOVERNMENT IS THE ALPHA AND THE OMEGA.
Government set the Policy Framework Honourable Paulsen and the Education Department has done a great job in doing that.Government must of course create the environment for people to study and ensure they are at school.
JFK once said “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”
The Honourable Paulsen should be asked what HE has done to assist.
I can tell you Honourable Paulsen, what I have done.
I was driving in my constituency (Mitchellsplain) like a normally do and saw a lot of kids playing on the street. I stopped and asked them why are you not at school. They gave me all sort of stories. In the end I took a name of all these students and as far as I know some of them are back at school.
Parents have a responsibility to ensure their kids are raised. School come first and parents must ensure that kids get to schoolI think the honourable should also ask what he can do for kids who do not formally finish school. It is a collective responsibility.
The Western Cape Government has created conditions conducive for kids to study at school, the rest is now up to the parents and society as a collective.
So back to JFK “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”