Gauteng HOD will resign if matric pass rate drops – Panyaza Lesufi

2014-10-01 12:31

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The head of Gauteng’s education department, Boy Ngobeni, will resign if the province doesn’t improve its matric results from last year, education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has vowed.

Addressing the media on the province’s preparedness for this year’s matric exams, Lesufi said Ngobeni should submit his resignation letter if the results don’t improve or if they drop from last year’s 87%.

The same, Lesufi said, will apply to all district directors should they fail to improve their respective districts’ performances.

“We want to be the best in the country. We want to compete with the best of the best in the world, especially the Brics countries [Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa],” he said, adding that he was not joking. “We mean business. I’m not talking behind his [Ngobeni’s] back, he is right here with me.”

In an effort to improve the province’s pass mark, the department is setting up three camps to cater for different pupils.

The “high-risk camp” will cater for low performing schools and struggling pupils, while the “residential camps” will be earmarked for top performing schools and pupils with the potential to achieve university entrance. The “walk-in camp” will target pupils who can’t leave their homes for one reason or the other.

The high-risk camp will open on Monday and will accommodate about 5 318 pupils. The residential camps, which will open on October 13, will take in 13 712 pupils. There will be 108 walk-in camps to cater for 40 327 pupils.

“We are expecting good passes. We need to prepare these learners to be the best among the best. We are determined to continuously improve the quality of public education in Gauteng and build an education system that can compete internationally,” Lesufi said.

The province has been running matric revision camps on Saturdays and during school holidays.

Lesufi urged pupils to utilise every minute and every hour to study for the exams.

“Sweat and tears are both bitter. Tears will only give you sympathy while sweat will give you best results.”

He also encouraged parents to look after their grade 12 pupils and support them.

“Just make sure they stay away from disturbances such as TV, friends and parties. In order to compete with the best in the world, you have to slow down on these.”

Matric exams, he said, were like the Fifa World Cup or the Olympics.

“You don’t prepare for the World Cup or Olympics the day before.”

The department has also enlisted the services of Childline to counsel and offer emotional support to pupils who might need it.

Matric results will be released on January 6.

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