Workshops for Gauteng parents
Johannesburg - Family workshops will be hosted for pupils' parents until October, Gauteng education MEC Barbara Creecy said on Sunday.
Speaking to about 500 facilitators at Soweto's Pimville, Barbara Creecy said the workshops would be aimed at involving parents in the schooling of their children.
She was encouraged by the enthusiasm of over 5 000 parents who attended the first weekend of workshops throughout Gauteng.
"What we are trying to do is to work with a powerful force: the human will to solve problems. We want to say to parents that there is nothing in the laws of our country that prevent them from parenting," said Creecy.
The workshops will run every Saturday until October and target families of pupils in 1 183 under-performing primary and high schools to provide them with skills to support their children at school.
Creecy encouraged parents to open a discussion with children around the challenges or problems they might be facing at school, saying the family workshops were "motivated by the need to involve parents in the schooling life of their children".
Creecy said the department was looking at launching a programme, as part of the Extended Public Works Programme, to recruit three to five young people who have passed matric to assist with the supervision of homework.
Parents and schools needing more information on workshop venues can contact the department on 011 355 0000 or log onto Education.gpg.gov.za.