State presents action plan for better public education

2010-10-28 13:30

An adequate supply of young, inspired teachers was part of the government’s long-term plan to improve public schools, an education symposium heard today.

“There needs to be an optimal distribution of teachers and effective in-service teacher development,” said basic education department director-general Bobby Soobrayan.

He was presenting a gazetted draft of the “Action plan to 2014: toward the realisation of schooling 2025”.

Soobrayan said effective schooling required teaching, textbooks and time.

The action plan had 27 goals. Thirteen deal with what the department wants to achieve in relation to learning and enrolment. The rest deal with how to achieve these goals.

Some of the goals to attain minimum quality standards include increasing the number of grade 3 pupils who, by the end of a school year, have mastered minimum language and numeracy competencies.

The plan further aims to increase the number of grade 12s who become eligible for entrance to bachelor’s degrees at a university, and those who pass mathematics and physical science.

Friday is the final day for submission of public comment on the plan and the day basic education minister Angie Motshekga will sign a delivery agreement with President Jacob Zuma.

Motshekga explained the plan was only a point of departure and an important “weapon” of change.

“We derive strength from consultation” she said, urging delegates to actively participate, share their views and criticise.

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