Umvoti CMC indaba held Dr D. Mkhize said that teachers need to inculcate a love for learning in their classes

2016-03-02 06:00

THE Umvoti Circuit Management Centre held a successful and well attended indaba for stakeholders from 24 high schools in the Umzinyathi District following the poor 2015 matric pass rate.
The indaba took place at Greytown High on Saturday, 20 February with the theme “improving attainment through private public partnership”.
Guests at the event included NM Sibiya (KZN legislature), Mrs TA Gumede (General Manager: Institutional Development and Support), Dr N. Mahaye (Office of the MEC), Dr D. Mkhzie (SAYEP and Mathematics Clinic), Mr SW Keswa (district planning – representing the district manager), sponsor representatives from various organisations - Aheers MultiSave, Old Mutual, Metropolitan, Mpilenhle Medical Centre, Gangai (Boetie), circuit managers from Umvoti CMC, Msinga CMC and Nqutu CMC, district officials, Umvoti mayor, Cllr T. Ngubane, Ms D. Maskiane (Sadtu), SGB chairpersons, RCL, school management teams and parents.

Speakers highlighted the need to go back to basics - principals must manage the curriculum, teachers in class on time, prepared and teaching for the duration of the lesson, pupils must get to school on time and remain in class for the duration of lessons, parents must ensure that their children are at school on time and to follow up on pupils who are found to be out of school during instruction time.

Dr D. Mkhize (SAYEP and Mathematics Clinic), during her reflection on research conducted in the Umvoti area last year, said that teachers need to inculcate a love for learning in their classes, especially during maths lessons, which has a high failure rate.

Ms Masikane on behalf of Sadtu reiterated that the union stands for quality education and will fight for quality education for all. The leadership has committed the union to minimising meetings taking place during teaching time and will schedule meetings from 12pm onwards when required.
This was also emphasised by district officials represented by Mr Keswa, who indicated that future meetings will be held from 12pm onwards to ensure the protection of teaching time.
Mr J. Ngobese, representing the SGB chairpersons, highlighted problems that SGBs face in carrying out their duties, but pledged support to ensure that SGBs will assist schools to ensure results improve this year and in the years to come

In presenting the sponsored study material for schools on behalf of the sponsors, Dr Mpho Mulaudzi, emphasised that this partnership will only be successful if all role players take their responsibilities seriously and ensure that these future leaders are given the basic right – a right to proper education.
He expressed disappointment that on numerous occasions pupil were seen in various parts of town during school time, and that when it came time for them to go home, they changed back into their school uniform and waited for taxis.

It was agreed that all schools will hold their own indaba with their respective communities to chart their way forward.
Ms NE Mkhize (chief circuit manager, Umvoti CMC), on behalf of the organising committee, wishes to place on record their thanks and appreciation to all who have positively and constructively contributed to this function and to the following sponsors, without whose support this important indaba would not have taken place - Absa­, Aheers Multi-Save, Bracken Timbers, Gangai (Boetie), Greytown High, Greytown Primary, Kranskop Primary, Metropolitan, Min Cash, Mondi, Mpilenhle Medical Centre and nutrition suppliers of Indlovana PS, Kranskop PS and Tholinhlanhla PS, Old Mutual, PG Mavundla, Santaco, Umvoti Municipality and Zamani Stores (Zakwe).
It is hoped the private public partnership formed this year will grow with more local businesses assisting to recognise the achievements of our schools as well as coming to the fore when additional support is required to improve results.
- R. Maharaj.

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