In our previous post we bemoaned the lack of adequate funding for our educators and the education system. The topic is a huge one which begins with the appropriate application of existing funding and proceeds to appropriate funding for all academia. We mention this because South Africa actually spends a high proportion of its GDP (about 18%) on education. But we simply are not getting the results.
- Step one is to apply the funds that are needed where and when they are needed (books on time, teachers where there are pupils) and so on.
- Step two is to identify areas of need that are not adequately funded and see that these areas are properly funded, without stealing from existing recipients.
- Application of TEAL by the Direct Democracy Forum will ensure such theft is not needed
Two critical areas of need are adequate funding for tertiary education and for research and development. Imagine, only 1.5% of our working population are employed in Research and Development. A gifted person obtains an advanced degree in research and development and can’t find employment. That should not be.
Yet South Africans are a resolute people. In spite of the sad state of support for R & D and for Tertiary Education, our youngsters still acquit themselves on international platforms, as good as any and better than most, and in this particular case, as the best in the world.
If only we supported all our achievers in all areas of endeavour with the same resolve as we support our sportsmen and sportswomen. Imagine then what we would accomplish.
Well, dreams precede accomplishments and a DDF dream is that South Africans are counted as amongst the best in the world wherever they compete. A DDF administration will empower and enable everyone to be their best at whatever they do. DDF policies will turn that “if only” wish into reality.
The buck stops at the ballot box.