The Mail & Guardian have released their report card rating cabinet ministers (and leaders of the opposition, that “C” must get Tony Leon depressed).
One thing about this report card, and the one released by the DA, that gets to me is the high marks for Minister of Science Mosibudi Mangena. In my books opening a single radio telescope, no matter how internationally prestigous, does not warrant such a high rating. South Africa, if it ever wants to hit that 6% GDP growth rate, is going to need a lot more engineers and scientists than what’s currently coming out of our universities and technikons… oops universities of technology… ah screw it I’m calling them technikons. And the number of students with higher grade maths and science coming out of our secondary education system is abysmally low. Minister Mangena needs to get together with Minister of Education Naledi Pandor and get a science/engineering plan of action in place. Double stat!