MEC Masuku encourages learners to study hard for a better future
19 Jan 2010
The Mpumalanga provincial government is taking education seriously as one of the government’s key priorities for the new administration. Learners around the Bushbuckridge have been urged to seriously commit themselves in their studies in 2010.
As part of the provincial executive council’s monitoring of re-opening of schools, MEC for Human Settlements, Mr Madala Masuku visited Dumisani Secondary School located at Corck village near Hazyview. The visit forms part of an extensive programme to visit schools, monitor the reopening and motivate learners for the year that has just started.
The village is expanding on a daily basis, therefore, a cause for overcrowding of learners in the school. The school’s overall number of learners is 1 600 accommodated in 19 classes. For intervention, MEC Masuku assured the school that education falls within the five priorities of government therefore; it will keep its promise in extending the 19 classes, build a hall, library and extend the administration block by the next financial year.
The MEC guaranteed educators he will forward challenges raised to the executive council, particularly Education Department. Common papers which do not tally with task given to learners in class, late arrival of pace setters, interference by the department with workshops and ongoing cluster meetings held during school hours disrupts the work of educators and break the relationship between educators and curriculum implementers.
“With the coming Education Indaba, a plan on dialoguing often between examiners, curriculum implementers, educators and cluster managers should be devised to overcome the raised challenges” advised the MEC.
He said: “The foundation background on learners determines their future. Poor background maybe a cause for lower pass rate in high school. A decision was taken that the school and the circuit office will devise a system to link it with its primary feeder schools”.
He also attributed the blooming of taverns around the area is another cause of a higher failure rate amongst learners. Educators acknowledged the availability of the feeding scheme and the decline in absenteeism. The school received a 38 percent pass rate in last year’s matric results.
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Issued by: Mpumalanga Human Settlements
19 Jan 2010
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