The Committee considered and adopted four outstanding minutes. These minutes were dated 20 April, 4 May, 12 May and 21 May 2010. Whilst considering the minutes of 20 April 2010, the Members debated about the desirability of referring to the quality of teacher training during the apartheid as “inferior” or if it had to be referred to as “outdated” in post apartheid
The Committee also approved an oversight report and attended to a few house-keeping issues.
Committee Minutes dated 20 April
The Chairperson tabled the minutes for consideration.
Members corrected all the spelling and grammatical errors in the document.
The Committee referred to page 7 and discussed whether the phrase “inferior education” was appropriate. Did these words refer to the training given to educators or the quality of education that these educators offered to learners?
The Chairperson suggested that the training received by these educators had been developed for the Bantu system of education.
Mr M De Villiers (DA,
Ms B Mncube (ANC,
Mr De Villiers submitted that this issue had arisen when he had asked about the re-opening of teacher training colleges. The Department of Higher Education had responded that it had decided to close the colleges because there was a new system.
The Chairperson felt that this was an issue that dealt with the quality of teacher training because the new system had been put in place to address inequalities. However, he felt that to talk about inferior was to refer to a person and this created other problems.
The minutes were adopted with amendments
Committee Minutes dated 4 May
The Chairperson explained that the minutes were based on a briefing by the Department of Sport and Recreation on its strategic plan and budget vote.
Members rectified all the grammatical errors in the minutes.
Mr Mashamaite (ANC,
Ms Mncube replied that there had been a misunderstanding as the Committee had never requested T-shirts. However, the minutes were a correct record of what the Minister had said and this could not be changed by the Committee.
Mr W Faber (DA,
Ms Mncube advised that the Committee could possibly say that the Minister had misunderstood the Committee in the minutes but they could not change the actual statement made by the Minister.
The Committee adopted the minutes with amendments.
Committee Minutes dated 12 May
The Committee considered and approved the minutes with amendments.
The Committee agreed that Ms D Ranto (ANC,
Committee Minutes dated 21 May
The Committee considered and adopted the minutes with amendments.
The Committee considered and adopted its oversight report.
The Committee also took time to comment on the quality of the minutes produced by the Secretariat.
Mr Mashamaite asked the Committee Secretary to pay closer attention to spelling and grammar to reduce the amount of work that the Committee had to do in that regard.
The Committee also debated when it would be appropriate to refer to submissions as those made by the ‘Committee’ and those made by Members of the Committee in the minutes.
The Committee requested the Committee Secretary to make a follow-up on a promise by the Department of Arts and Culture for World Cup tickets for Members.
The meeting was adjourned.
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