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Provinces ordered to review underperforming schools

by Luyanda Makapela
04 Jun 2008
BuaNews Online
BuaNews Online

Provincial Education Departments have been directed to conduct a review of support at selected schools, focusing specifically on those schools which underperformed in 2007 Matric results.

"This review will seek to determine the nature of support to be provided to promote increased success," said Education Minister Naledi Pandor while addressing the meeting of Council of Education Ministers [CEM] at Cullinan Hotel in Cape Town on Wednesday.

The meeting has also expressed satisfaction with the efforts that were made to achieve quality outcomes in education and acknowledged that a lot more needed to be done.

In a statement released by the department on Wednesday, the Council of Education Ministers re-emphasized the need for all structures of the education system to ensure that all schools, teachers and learners are adequately prepared for the examinations.

Education spokesperson Lunga Ngqengelele said it was agreed that June examinations should be utilised to assess progress and to plan solutions and support for learners from July through to November.

Schools and teachers were encouraged to indicate to the Provincial Education Departments should they require any additional support, he said.

"We appeal to learners to use the mid-year holidays to strengthen and extend their preparation for the examinations by reading, writing and calculating every day.

"They must make use of the Study Mates that are published throughout the holidays and attend winter schools and following SABC lessons by expert teachers," said Mr Ngqengelele.

The meeting has further decided that the department of education should undertake a comprehensive audit of teacher demand, supply and utilization in order to have data to base future planning.

The Provincial Departments informed the meeting that no classrooms were without a teacher with the exception of schools that were looking to appoint Mathematics and Science teachers.

In May, the higher education sector has received an additional R246 910 million to improve access and quality to education for the 2008/09 financial year.

Presenting her budget then, Minister Pandor said one of the ways the department sought to give practical expression to the objective of a better life, was to pursue greater access, transformation and quality in the higher education system.

"It has within it the possibility of a significant contribution to our national development goals and to the human capital expansion that South Africa must achieve in the next ten years," said Minister Pandor.

She said The National Plan for Higher Education made a number of important proposals that have become a key platform for fundamentally restructuring higher education in South Africa.

"The plan seeks to expand enrolment by setting a target of a 20 percent participation rate by 2015." - BuaNews

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