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Durban - The IFP on Monday congratulated newly-appointed KwaZulu-Natal health MEC Peggy Nkonyeni.
Nkonyeni, former provincial legislature speaker, was sworn in by the province's Deputy Judge President Achmat Jappie at a brief ceremony in Durban on Monday.
She takes over from Senzo Mchunu, who was elected KwaZulu-Natal premier last month. Mchunu said the legislature would elect a new speaker on Tuesday.
Nkonyeni, who trained as a secondary school teacher, served as health MEC from 2004 to 2009.
Mchunu, who was education MEC from 2009, left a “very questionable” legacy in education, Inkatha Freedom Party MPL Mntomuhle Khawula said in a statement.
“Since 2004 when the ANC took control of KwaZulu-Natal, matric results in the province went down and the level of education in the province also derailed.”
Khawula said the department needed strong and focused leadership to improve its image in the province. It needed to improve management, curb corruption, improve matric results, and reinstate professionalism.
The SA Democratic Students' Movement (Sadesmo) applauded Nkonyeni's appointment.
“We are delighted by this appointment as it is clear that education in KwaZulu-Natal is undergoing a crisis and we need someone who is going to step up and work to change this situation for the better... ,” Sadesmo's national academic officer Nonkululeko Nkwanyana said.
“We as Sadesmo hope that Miss Nkonyeni's agenda puts the interests of students first and keeps education free of political agendas.”
Nkwanyana hoped all schools would have proper resources, and that teachers be well compensated to avoid strikes.