SOUTH AFRICA: The ANC and the government will make sure education is declared an essential service, party secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said today.
The lekgotla agreed that a mechanism to monitor all-round accountability in the [education] sector be devised as a matter of urgency, Mantashe told reporters in Johannesburg.
He said as a number one priority, the ANC and its government will leave no stone unturned in making education an essential service.
He was speaking after the African National Congress’s lekgotla, held last week in Irene, south of Pretoria.
Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor, who chairs the ANC sub-committee on education, said the country needed to reach consensus on education, adding that a regulatory framework would need to be looked at.