Education visits KZN after matric results

2015-02-03 00:00

THE national Department of Basic Education descended on the province this week in an attempt to find out what went wrong in the 2014 National Senior Certificate results and to tackle education issues plaguing the province.

This week the Basic Education portfolio committee will also be visiting schools in the province to assess their state of readiness for 2015.

The visit will focus on three districts within the province, namely uMzinyathi, iLembe and uMkhanyakude.

Yesterday chairperson of the committee Nomalungelo Gina met with provincial department leadership, teachers, unions, district managers and school governing bodies. This year KwaZulu-Natal recorded the steepest decline, receiving a 69,7% pass rate.

Gina said the team also looked at the Annual National Assessment provincial results because they had a direct impact on the matric results.

“We met with labour unions to give them a platform to raise their concerns and find out how we can meet them halfway to make sure that teachers are properly equipped,” said Gina.

Meanwhile in Newcastle, the portfolio committee on Mineral Resources visited a derelict mine in Osizweni that was threatening the safety of Mzamo High School. The team, led by Sahlulele Luzipo, conducted the site visit to assess the impact that the illegal mine was having on the school.

“The problem is that the land is unsafe and the school needs to be relocated urgently. The contractors ran out of funds in the process of rebuilding a new school the.

“Now the department is trying to take over the process so that they can complete the school. I just think the whole matter could have been dealt with differently,” said Luzipo.

• amanda.khoza@witness.co.za

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