Lifelong Learning

 

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#LifelongLearning

INVESTING IN LIFELONG EDUCATION

Education plays a key role in the health of our economy. It is also what empowers us to realise our full potential and our dreams. Education in South Africa is plagued by inequality with the majority of schools having overcrowded classrooms, poorly trained teachers and minimal resources. The dropout rate is high and post-school education is inaccessible due to financial constraints. This has been the case for far too long and has resulted in us having a poorly educated workforce.

 

In South Africa we are not only faced with the challenges of a defunct education system, we also have to deal with the reality that we are living in a time when working lives and the skills our economy needs are changing rapidly. Governments have the responsibility to give everyone the opportunity to access education throughout their lives by making lifelong learning a reality.

 

LAND PARTY will create a unified National Education Service (NES) for South Africa to move towards free cradle-to-grave learning. The NES will be built on the principle that ‘Education Matters’ and will incorporate all forms of education, from early years through to adult education.

EARLY YEARS

There is a gap between the end of maternity leave and the beginning of full-time schooling where access to informal childcare is needed. This makes it difficult for women to return to work and the costs can make it prohibitive. It has also become evident that education in the early years of childhood development has a significant impact on the future performance of the child throughout formal schooling and into adulthood.

 

  • LAND PARTY will not compromise on the provision of care and education for babies, toddlers and pre-school children.

  • We will reform the social grants budget and allocate funds directly to the National Education Service.

  • Children must be inoculated before being eligible to receive social grants.

  • We will make significant capital investment in both new and existing, formal and informal crèches during our first two years of government to ensure proper facilities are in place and well-resourced as well as that there are enough places to meet the need.

  • We will increase staff wages and facilitate the education of existing caregivers to ensure that this education sector becomes a qualified, graduate-led workforce.

  • We will invest more in child development programmes.

 

Ensuring that facilities and resources are available at this crucial stage of development, including happy, well-trained and well-paid staff, will have a major impact on early childhood development.

SCHOOLS

Our schools and the education system, particularly the administration in the Department of Education is in a mess. The standard of teaching is poor, corruption and nepotism is rife, resources are limited and we still have children learning under trees because they have no classrooms. We also have far too many dysfunctional schools where there are serious social issues like teachers impregnating scholars and violence between teachers and pupils.

 

Education is the cornerstone of a healthy economic future and a healthy society. LAND PARTY will strive to ensure that all South Africans receive a first class education.

 

The LAND PARTY school policy will be built on the following four foundations:

 

1. Investment

  • We will make sure that all schools have the resources they need.

  • We will implement a fairer funding formula that redresses the historical underfunding of certain schools but leaves no school worse off.

  • We will invest in new school buildings and maximise the capacity of existing schools by upgrading or adding to the facilities.

  • We will issue coupons to parents and allow them to decide themselves to which school they want to send their kids.

  • We will provide student loans to the best students that want to further their studies overseas, and require them to repay these loans.

  • We will reinstate education colleges and launch a project to make SA’s primary education system world class.

 

2. Quality

  • We will do an audit of all teachers’ skills and retrain them where necessary.

  • We will drive up standards across the entire education system from administration to teaching, to supplied resources and beyond.

  • We will encourage teachers and staff to focus their energies on what happens in the classroom.

  • We will foster co-operation and strong leadership across schools and between parents, teachers, staff and pupils.

 

3. Accountability

  • We must declare a state of emergency for education, increase the length of school days, consider school on Saturdays and ban trade unions in education.

  • We will ensure that all schools are accountable to the communities they serve.

  • We will implement appropriate controls to ensure that all schools serve the public interest and their local communities.

  • We will require strict admissions policies across schools to enable the National Education Service to fulfil their responsibility to ensure that every child has a place in a local school.

  • We will simplify the admissions process for parents.

  • We will put systems in place to ensure that no child slips through the net and that every child receives an education.

  • We will immediately review the current powers held by School Governing Bodies, specifically their ability to create unique admissions policies.

 

4. Inclusion

  • We will ensure that a Land-led education system recognises the uniqueness of each child and will enable each to discover their learning path through a wide choice of courses and qualifications.

  • We will implement measures to close the attainment gap between children from different backgrounds.

  • We will provide free school meals for all primary school children which will be funded, as part of our attainment strategy, by removing the VAT exemption on private school fees.

  • We will end the public-sector pay cap, allow teachers to have more direct involvement in curriculum development and reduce the administration and bureaucracy that has a direct impact on the teacher recruitment and retention crisis.

  • We will also consult on introducing teacher sabbaticals and placements with industry to encourage interaction between education and industry and introduce broad experiences into the classroom.

  • We will introduce schools-based counselling to all schools to improve children’s mental health.

  • We will implement a strategy that is based on inclusivity in mainstream education for children with special educational needs and disabilities.

  • We will ensure that training with regard to children with special needs and disabilities is compulsory so that staff, children and their parents are well-equipped and have the support they need to educate these children.

SKILLS

South Africa is in urgent need of empowering the potential and existing workforce with skills in order to turn the economy around. We need everyone to have the opportunity to grow and to be productive and be able to contribute to the country's economy and improve their own lives. In addition to this, due to technology and work patterns constantly changing, there is an ongoing demand for different kinds of skills. It is vital that people are able to upskill and retrain throughout their lives.

 

  • We will include lifelong training in the National Education System to ensure we are able to deliver a suitably qualified workforce that will increase productivity and thereby grow the economy and transform the lives of individuals and communities.

  • We will devolve the responsibility for skills development to local administrations in every corner of South Africa to ensure access for all citizens.

  • We will reward businesses, corporations and organisations that undertake to offer skills development to their employees and their local communities.

 

Further and Adult Education

  • We will ensure that everyone has the opportunity to upskill and retrain at any point in their lives by introducing lifelong education in Further Education colleges.

  • Our skills and training sector has been held back by repeated reorganisation, which deprives providers, learners and employers the consistency they need to assess quality.

  • We will improve access to careers advice and open up a range of routes through which people can gain both technical and soft skills for a range of industries, with a particular focus on science and technology.

  • We will invest in the facilities and teachers needed to enable public schools to be able to deliver adult and vocational education.

  • We will improve the quality and consistency of education in the further and adult education sector by encouraging co-operation and leadership across colleges.

  • We will set a target, and allocate the necessary budget, for all teaching staff to have the necessary teaching qualifications within five years.

  • We will extend support for teacher training to teachers in the private sector.

  • We will increase capital investment to ensure that colleges are equipped to deliver quality educations and an official pre-apprenticeship trainee programme.

 

Apprenticeships

  • We will put controls in place to ensure that every apprenticeship is of a high quality.

  • We will establish the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education to monitor and report on the quality outcomes of completed apprenticeships.

  • We will mandate the institute to ensure employers have access to skilled workers and that there are real jobs for apprentices once they have completed their training.

  • We will set a target to double the number of completed apprenticeships at NQF level 5 by 2025.

  • We will set targets to increase apprenticeships for people with disabilities, care leavers, veterans, women, LGBTQI and people with disabilities in all sectors.

HIGHER EDUCATION

It is a reality that students are being priced out of university Education. The average student now graduates from university, and starts their working life with debts of over R200, 000. Many students struggle to afford accommodation or food while at university.

 

LAND PARTY believes education should be accessible to all. One should not be put off educating themselves for lack of money or through fear of debt.

We will provide maintenance grants to students.

#VOTELANDPARTY

 

Vision

The LAND PARTY shall:

 

Through pragmatic and progressive economic policy, individual freedom, and in harmony with nature, establish a prosperous society of people based on social justice and shared opportunities.

 

Freedom doesn’t equal immediate wealth, but we believe that it is better to live in an environment where you are provided with the freedom to create your own wealth, even though you might make some mistakes along the way.

 

The more rules and regulations you have, the less important it becomes for people to distinguish between what is right and wrong. We want to give people the opportunity to have that freedom, and to make mistakes and learn from them. We want to provide them the support, education and resources necessary to become wealthy through hard work and effective use of the opportunities that will be made available to them through a Land-led government. Our ultimate plan is to reform, open up and strengthen the economy by providing people with the individual freedom and opportunities to become prosperous and actively contributing members of society.

Values

The LAND PARTY subscribes to the following values in all its endeavours:

 

  1. Respect for the community of life

  2. Honesty

  3. Integrity

  4. Trust

  5. Consultation

  6. Solidarity

  7. Dignity

Mission

The LAND PARTY seeks to reorder the political and economic institutions and systems domestically and globally.

 

We have to deal with the damage from the years of government corruption we have had to endure. We will broadly seek to reform, open up and grow the economy, eradicate poverty, opportunities for all the people of South Africa to become wealthy and self-sustainable, skills development, gender equality, safety and research. It will establish programmes that will ensure that within the first 2 years of taking power that the following is achieved:

 

  1. Food security - encouraging modern, scientific agricultural practices, and providing the necessary support, technological resources, scientific research and education to encourage people to get involved in agriculture with the ultimate goal of strengthening the economy while eliminating food wastage and the discarding of surplus produce.

  2. Housing security - where private property rights are strengthened, allocation of state resources are dealt with strategically through referendum and homes are designed to people’s specifications.

  3. People development - Education that is ongoing, progressive and emphasizing the reconstruction and development of family and service to society. Creating and maintaining skills development for a move to modern technology and science.

  4. A modern, technologically savvy supportive state that responds to the people’s legitimate demand for prosperity and opportunity creation.

  5. Crime eradication and all forms of deviance through social interventions, corrective rehabilitation and victim oriented punishment.

  6. Economic prosperity through freedom of opportunity so that people become self-sustainable and wealthy, and through free trade agreements, and rapid industrialization. Allocation of state resources shall be utilized in a rational, consultative and inclusive manner with due regard to the dictates of justice and equal opportunity. It shall reconfigure the banking system to be more people-centred.

  7. Foreign policy that is people-centred, educative and principled.

  8. Environmental Justice – ensuring all programmes are in harmony with nature and conscious of the limited capacity of the planet to sustain us.

  9. Human Rights - Implementation of the remaining rights encapsulated in the current South African Bill of Rights and other universally respected HR documents which shall be prioritized by public participation. Apportion justice and material resources on an equitable and just basis.