‘Exodus’ of pupils has MEC worried

2010-04-22 00:00

THE KZN Education Department is researching the growing trend of pupils abandoning some schools, supposedly to enter better quality schools.

Speaking to journalists before presenting his budget yesterday, Education MEC Senzo Mchunu said he and his team of top managers became concerned by what they saw on unannounced school visits.

The SA Democratic Teachers’ Union first raised the issue earlier this year, complaining about what it termed an “exodus” from township schools because ­pupils and their parents view former model C schools as being better.

The MEC’s unannounced visits are part of a turnaround strategy for poorly performing schools. The department wants teachers, members of the provincial legislature, ward managers and councillors to play a more visible “big brother” role in schools.

Mchunu said he has visited about 20 schools this year.

“We are aware of the problem. It is worrying and we are seeking to address it. I think it is natural for people to search for better schools, but I think the negative picture it then creates is that we need to build bigger classrooms to accommodate those pupils coming in,” said Mchunu.

He said the short-term solution they are working on is a 10-prong intervention strategy for schools that obtained a pass rate of 60% or less in the 2009 matric exams.

The MEC said ward managers can no longer be as surprised as department heads when they visit schools, adding that it is time for ward managers to “account for their status”.

He said the visits by ward managers and subject advisers will intensify teacher support and “ensure that all aspects of schooling are factored into the time­tabling and that the curriculum coverage is congruent with the time spent in the classroom”.

The department plans to place more emphasis on safety in schools, Mchunu added, and to encourage greater community involvement.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.