Anti-apartheid activist, Mamphela Ramphele, has compared the state of education in South Africa to a sinking ship.
Speaking at the third congress of teacher's union, the National Professional Teachers Organisation of South Africa (NAPTOSA) in Johannesburg, Ramphele, the founder of the Citizens Movement, an organisation that lobbies for social change, pointed out that, "I'm not just talking about the textbooks. Vacant teacher's posts must be filled, and not just filled for the sake of being filled - we need experts and specialists," she explains.
She used the example of the Italian passenger ship the Costa Concordia, where the captain slept while his ship was wrecked, to highlight some of the problems characterising the country’s education system.
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