Reporters were not only left shocked but also speechless after the Eastern Cape’s Mandla Makupula confessed that he doesn’t know why he was appointed to spearhead the province’s education sector.
Speaking at a post-2016 matric exam results interview, a blunt Makupula said since his appointment, the province has never directed him on what and what not to do, neither has it given him clues about his job.
He lamented that for years, the Eastern Cape has never explained what his job demands from him, neither has it made laudable efforts towards making commendable impacts in the education sector.
Worst of it, MEC Mandla Makupula confessed that he never applied for the job and that he effortlessly accepted the position on a silver platter after the ANC forced it on him. He explained that he was trained as a teacher, loves teaching and had never craved to join politics.
“I never chose to be an MEC of education. I’m a teacher by profession. That’s what I was trained for by my parents … they gave me that, and they can never take it away from me. I’m a maths and science teacher. I teach maths and science.
“But politics-wise, the ruling party saw something in me that they’ve never even told me what is it that they saw in me. You just get a phone call … ‘come here, we’ve decided for you to become the MEC of education.”
A look at the 2016 matric results released on Thursday shows that Eastern Cape performed poorly like in previous years. In Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape’s poor performance drew a lot of criticism.
The DA on Thursday lamented the continuous poor performance in the country’s big three provinces. The Eastern Cape, Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal, obtained 59.3%, 62.5% and 66.4% respectively.
The three provinces, which comprises 54% of this year’s Matric learners, lagged far behind Mpumalanga (77.1%), the Northern Cape (78.7%), the North West (82.5%), Gauteng (85.1%), the Western Cape (87.7%) and the Free State (88.2%).
The big question remains for how long will Eastern Cape continue to sit comfortably at the bottom of matric examinations?