Confidence in 2010 schooling

2009-12-29 18:04

Mbombela - The Mpumalanga government is happy with progress in preparing for the start of schooling in 2010, it said on Tuesday.

"The provincial executive council received an impressive report on the progress," Premier David Mabuza's office said in a statement.

The executive council was happy to learn that "learner support material" was delivered in all schools, except a few where principals could not be found.

"The [education] department has to make the necessary arrangements to resolve the problem before schooling begins."


The provincial government was concerned the occupation specific dispensation for teachers and some doctors had not been paid in full. This should be resolved as soon as possible, it said.

"We must have a seamless start of schooling, with the necessary learning material for learners and better working conditions for teachers.

"This includes teachers' remuneration, which is what will encourage both teachers and learners to be in class on time, learning and teaching. We dare not falter where we have a muscle to make things happen," the statement read.

The province was "impressed" with progress made in marking matric exam papers and the management of the process.

"We welcome the action that was taken to deal with the leaked mathematics paper and the appropriate decision to recall and replace it with a new one."