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As I have discussed the Economic Freedom Charter with many over the past six months, one of the comments that I regularly receive is, “They must educate themselves and then they will find jobs”.

We as a country, are the ‘THEY’.

In the Economic Empowerment sector, the term Business Plan, has become the buzz-word throughout the world. If your business plan has any weaknesses, financial institutions and investors refuse to look at the concept, no matter how good the concept or intention is.

The social media is overloaded with consultants, all helping to develop young entrepreneurs, taking them through the conceptualization of an idea, placing the potential of the concept into a business plan.

Coming out of a relatively un-educated background, I have avoided any business-plan, fearing the process like many fear mathematics, but as the grade 9‘s, 13% maths test results challenges many of the ideologies of the Economic Freedom Charter, I am required to address a South African Education Business Plan in an attempt to unravel the area where it is failing.

It does not take me more than a few minutes to discover that the system has no Business Plan, thus the failure.

Easily said, but how can a relatively un-informed individual who does not have any Economic understanding, or experience with a business plan, justify the statement that South African education system has no business plan.

If there is a business plan, then in this layman’s world, with sixty-odd years of understanding and observations, I fail to see any example of our Educations systems business plan in the private economic system.

It takes days of thought, through every manufacturing, wholesale, retail, service industry, I am unable to find a C.E.O. who has a business plan remotely related to one that resembles our South African education system.

I ask myself, where in the world will we find a C.E.O. that would succeed with our present education system, without major restructuring of the Education Business Plan.

How best do I reflect our education system, in a concept that we may understand?

Pre-1994, our white schools could be represented by a 5-star graded hotel for facilities, management and clientele. Our Indian Schools a 3-star grading, the coloured schools, a 2-star grading, and our black schools had their 1-star grading taken away during the turmoil in the late 1980’s. (May I apologies to those individuals / groups that I have offended.)

Where in the world will we find a single C.E.O. who would successfully use a single business plan, with a common management structure, to operate this very mixed stable, relying on the few 5-star hotels, to maintain their 5-star service and results, while the management team endeavoured to raise the thousands of hotels, without facilities, with clientele that have very different back-grounds.

Due to the lack of competitive opposition accommodation facilities, all the hotels will maintain the shared clientele base, and the C.E.O and his management team, will fail to notice that they are narrowing the gap between the top schools and the bottom schools, through the gradual deterioration of the top schools.

In the comment (blog) that follows, I will briefly provide my vision of what should take place with regard to the critical sector business plan, and then to summarize, I will comment on why I believe our existing business plan has failed, in the comment (blog) that follows:


Based on the concept of the graded hotels, we should immediately divide the schools into their three pre-1994 development sectors:

1: Previously White schools:
2: Previously Indian and Coloured schools:
3: Township & Rural Schools:

For the purposes of this proposal, assume we sell off all the Township and Rural Schools to the highest bidder, maintaining our previously white, Indian, and coloured schools, to continue within the existing National Government Education Department in order to maintain the policies and curriculum and standards that set the norms for the new Company to be measured against.

(Our objective is to turn our black schools into the schools of the future)

Politically Correct Norms and Principles:
I am of the opinion that we, the people of South Africa, blinded by the thought process that we must give all our children, including all our teachers, equal opportunities in the equal education process, failed our previously disadvantaged children, and in turn, our communities through this politically correct rigid approach, not wishing to disturb the comfort of any of our groups.

Following this proposed Business Plan, I will discuss what I see in terms of the perceived failure, but first, we need to look at the interest of our children and our country, without concerning ourselves with the perceived politically correct attitude that is hurting our children’s education and futures.

Business Plan:
If we wish to repair the damage done to our schools pre-2013, we need to adopt this business plan immediately:

Our New Company, “FUTURE SCHOOLS” will be a private company, with the South African people being 100% share-holders, through the structures and funding of the National Government.

We then recruit teachers to the Township and Rural schools, paying the teacher an add-on amount of between 25% and 50% of his/her existing package depending on their skills, experience and the subject that they specialize in.

The aim of this structure is to attract the best teachers, particularly maths and science teachers, to the Township and Rural schools.

The Future Schools - Board of Directors:
The Board of Directors would ideally consist of the Rectors/Deputies/Other of all the major University Institutions. The additional Board Members will be sourced by each individual Rector, with the task that we are sourcing the best in terms of education and not necessarily political connections.

This Board will appoint the C.E.O and C.F.O who will become Board Members.

The Future Schools National C.E.O. and C.F.O. will receive a package 25-50% in excess of the existing Education DGs.

This Board will appoint Provincial Executive Officer’s and Provincial Financial Officer’s who will report directly to the C.E.O. and the C.F.O.

Policy and Curriculum:
Future Schools will adhere to Policy and Curriculum standards of the previously white and Indian and coloured schools, writing the same examinations.

Office and Facilities:
Existing offices and facilities will be re-distributed, those facilities closest to the Township and Rural schools will receive preference for the Future Schools requirements.

School Clusters:
For management and administration schools will be clustered into geographical areas where joint library, laboratory, computer, and sporting facilities can be developed and managed.

Each cluster will consist of between 25 to 40 schools, depending on the development of the schools, facilities, and community support structures.

A school cluster, will have a School Cluster Principal, and the school Principals in the cluster will report directly to the SCP.

SCPs will operate within Geographical regions, consisting of two to four clusters for administration purposes.

The SCP’s contract will be negotiated and finalized by the Provincial C.E.O and C.F.O.

School Cluster support transport:
In order to allow suburban participation in the Township Schools, we will seek support from the Vehicle Manufacturing and other transport operators to support the ferrying to and from the schools, and have the use of the bus available for the cluster.

Applications / Selection / Criteria / Sport:
Future Schools, in order to achieve, will adopt a shift from traditional labour standards, setting of standards, rewarding, and more importantly, removing participants who do not achieve.

Every employee, from the C.E.O down to the lowest level of teacher/administrator/service provider, will be an Entrepreneur/Contractor, tendering/offering his/her services for consideration depending on competency, experience, skills, negotiating the reward, while setting the basis of termination of the contract, should the service provider fail to provide the promised service and achievement.

Educators wishing to provide the services of Principal, will submit their tender proposal to the Provincial C.E.O. who will exclude any submission that the C.E.O believes will not provide the desired level of service.
The tenders that will provide the desired level of service will be forwarded to the Provincial SCP’s, where regional admin SCPs will interview and appoint Principals that they believe will allow their cluster to achieve the target that they have set.

Of importance to the needs of the FUTURE SCHOOLS is the commitment that the educators have to introducing Rugby and Cricket into the Clusters that they will operate in. Sport during the late 1980’s turned professional, and the Supplementary/Socialist economy was excluded.

In many of our Township and Rural schools, we need to ensure that all sport is available to the youth as an alternative supplement to maths. There is big money to be made in Coaching, Administration, Medical, Promoting, you name it. Most people who succeeded in these fields have come through a system where they participated as players. The lack of sport in our Township and Rural communities is juts as big a crime as the lack of maths. No crime beats the lack of literacy.

I add this comment in advance of the following requirement to emphasize the need to set the politically correct concepts aside in the interests of our children:

These service contracts, with the approval of the Governing party, must be excluded from all BEE, Employment Equity and affirmative action policies, in the interests of developing Future Schools and in turn our leaders of the future.

All Future Schools learners with a minimum of two years attendance, will be given a weighted balance when applying to a University for entrance, irrespective of race. This is to encourage all teachers to use Future Schools for their own children, rather than the Model-C schools as is the present situation.

The Private Sector will have access to a business plan and management structure where they can become partners without the complication of Government Tenders and Preference.

We will have School Clusters where we will be in the position to measure individual performances and achievements on a quarterly basis.

Clusters will reflect the many social problems that exist in the community, problems that often differ from area to area, here we will be in the position to address the individual problems at the cluster level, rather than a National level.

The Future Schools will attract Township learners back to their local Future School, reducing the cost of transport, reducing the transport safety risk, and building a school within the community.

If our top teachers prefer to remain where they are presently teaching, even when the potential of earning 50% more than their existing package is available.

The Governing party wish to maintain the existing structures that are driven by the ‘politically correct’ perceptions, not understanding that we have not only wasted eighteen years of the youth development, but we are gradually bringing the top schools ‘over-all achievement’, down towards the previously disadvantaged schools.

In the next section we look at the type of problems that impact on our existing politically correct norms in our South African schooling system.

Cedric de la Harpe
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