Education approach bearing fruit - ANC

2012-01-05 14:23

Cape Town - The improved matric pass rate for 2011 shows the government's approach to education is bearing the desired fruit, the ANC said on Thursday.

Spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said the increase of the pass rate from 60.6% in 2009 to 70.2% in 2011 spoke for itself.

"This is also a testimony that President Jacob Zuma's meeting with about 1 500 school principals soon after he took the presidency in 2009, to understand the challenges they face in work, was not in vain."

Mthembu said the visible improvements had vindicated the African National Congress-led government's decision to split basic and tertiary education into separate departments.

Optimism


The SA Democratic Students' Movement on Thursday congratulated the government on the increase in the pass rate.

"The recently released results leave us with high optimism with regard to the future of South Africa and government effectively addressing issues affecting basic education," spokesperson Thabiso Dlamini said.

"We are however concerned by the results in the Eastern Cape where various factors let down learners in the build-up to their final examinations."

The Eastern Cape was the worst-performing province with a 58.1% pass rate, slightly down on the 58.3% achieved in the previous year.

The national government announced an intervention in the province in March last year after a myriad of problems surfaced. These included the termination of temporary teachers' contracts, suspension of scholar transport, non-delivery of textbooks and stationery, poor implementation of the school nutrition programme, and overall poor management of systems.

This was in addition to a strategic leadership vacuum, problems with the provincial department's structure and culture, poor financial management and a lack of monitoring and evaluation.

Task team


After visiting the Eastern Cape in June to assess the state of education, Zuma appointed a team in July to help strengthen education in the province.

In August, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced that an impasse had been reached after provincial leaders resisted intervention plans.

Dlamini criticised Motshekga's role, saying she "dragged her feet in the debacle.

"Having Zuma inform us about the problems faced by the province's education department and their plans to address them was merely window dressing which yielded no tangible results."

- SAPA
Read more on:    anc  |  angie motshekga  |  education  |  matric
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
86 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
/Health

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to 40% on outdoor accessories!

Tents, sleeping, day packs and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Month End Madness Sale!

Save up to 60% on across a wide range of goods from books to electronics, DVDs and many more. Sale end 31 January 2015. Shop now!

Valentine’s Day gifts – 14 Feb!

Gifts to spoil him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off fragrances

Get 30% off fragrances for him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off All Textbooks

Save up to 30% off an extensive range of prescribed textbooks for all major universities and FET colleges. Shop Now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

It is easy to get bogged down by things today. The Taurus Moon highlights the comforts and pleasures of life. You may have the...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.