Legislature monitors schools’ exam progress

2012-10-10 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal legislature has focused their energy on education as its members visited schools around the province yesterday to check the schools’ readiness for the upcoming exams.

MPL’s, accompanied by the Department of Education’s uMgungundlovu district officials, visited two deep rural schools in Richmond.

Indala and Congco High Schools underperformed in their matric results last year.

These schools showed a rapid drop in their matric results which shocked the officials and MPLs who decided to intervene.

Indala’s pass rate dropped from 61% in 2010 to 37% in 2011.

Congco’s dropped from 71% in 2010 to 37% in 2011 with a 0% pass in mathematics.

They are now being watched closely by the department and are being groomed to be better schools with a healthy environment for teaching and learning even though they don’t have science laboratories and mathematics teachers.

Indala High School principal, Mlungisi Maphumulo, told his visitors that they have finished with the syllabus and have started revising for the exams.

“We visited the schools at the beginning of the year and found they were not operating in a way that would achieve good results,” said MPL Sipho Gcabashe who chaired the meeting.

He said attendance registers and absenteeism were not being monitored adequately.

“I have never seen a school so overcrowded as this one where more than 1 651 pupils are taught by only 54 teachers with not enough classrooms. We are happy to see that the school is improving in the things that we asked them to change,” said Gcabashe.

MPL Happy Blose said that they were happy that these schools were showing progress in managerial skills.

“We are waiting for the [matric] results as they will be the mirror of what was happening during the year,” Blose said.

School visits will continue today.

• mlondi.radebe@witness.co.za

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