‘We will fix bad schools’ — MEC

2012-01-06 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL Education MEC Senzo Mchunu said his department will work tirelessly with “military precision” to improve dysfunctional schools in the province.

“I want to be hands-on in the plan of action for 2012 as I know what to do,” said Mchunu.

“Our focus remains firmly on key subjects such as mathematics, physical science, English and life sciences. But we also realise that school functionality plays a major role in producing quality education and by extension, quality results,” he said.

Addressing the media at Durban’s ICC after announcing the 2011 matric results, he said he is happy with what they have achieved.

“Since the introduction of the National Senior Certificate examination in 2008, we have shown a steady improvement in learners’ performance in these exams. This pass rate steadily increased from 58% in 2008, to 61% in 2009 and leapt to 70,7% in 2010,” he said.

In KwaZulu-Natal, 127 044 full-time candidates wrote the National Senior Certificate and 83 201 passed — 68,9%.

Umgungundlovu District is in the top three of the province’s districts with a 72,27% pass rate, behind Umlazi with 76,99%, and Amajuba at 73,08%. They performed above the national average.

“It becomes very important to mention that of the 83 schools that obtained a 100% pass rate in the province, 27 are ranked among the poorest fifth,” said Mchunu. When The Witness counted schools reflected in the report presented to the media, it found that 116 schools obtained a 100% pass rate.

“The 2011 pass rate is evidence that this province has been able to maintain an overall steady improvement over four years since 2008. It demonstrates that the province is improving school functionality in most cases,” said Mchunu.

He said they now have a full complement of the top management in the department, as well as managers in all 12 districts. He promised that by the end of January, 300 vacant posts for school principals will be filled and by April 1, 515 promotional posts of deputy principal or heads of departments will be filled.

“All this is in efforts to ensure sustained stability in our schools,” said Mchunu.

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