Angelina Angie Matsie Motshekga is the Minister of Basic Education in the Republic of South Africa since May 2009 and a member of the African National Congress’s (ANC) National Executive Committee. She holds a MA degree and Bachelor of Educational Science degree from the University of the Witwatersrand; and a BA in Education degree from the University of the North. She was an educator at Orlando High School (1981-1983) and a lecturer both at the Soweto College of Education (1983-1985) and the University of the Witwatersrand (1985-1994). She also served as Director in the Office of the President (1994-1997); Deputy Secretary of the ANC Women’s League (1997-2007); Executive Member of the National Education Union of South Africa; Member of the Gauteng Executive Council (MEC/ provincial minister) for Social Services and Population Development (2000-2004) and MEC for Education (2004-2009); Deputy Chairperson of the ANC in Gauteng; and Member of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature (1999-2004). She is an avid advocate on the importance of learning through play in early learning and basic education.
We are now being asked to teach our teachers new skills in order to teach learners what actually comes naturally to them – that is learning through play