You don’t just wake up and fire people – Lesufi

2015-01-06 16:28

Gauteng MEC Panyaza Lesufi will not make good on his promise to axe his head of department and some district directors for failing to improve on the 2013 matric results.

In October, Lesufi announced that HOD Boy Ngobeni and district directors, who failed to improve on the 2013 results, would have to submit their resignation letters if the 2014 results were not better than the previous year’s.

The 2014 pass rate was 84.7% – a 2.3 percentage point decline from 2013’s 87%. In addition, 10 of the province’s 15 districts failed to improve on their 2013 results. However, the remaining five performed well above all other districts in the country.

But it now appears that Lesufi is backtracking on his promise. “There is a process to be followed, you don’t just wake up and fire people. Yesterday, we had an urgent meeting where we discussed the performance of the districts,” he said.

However, he hinted that the fate of two district directors is sealed.

“Two districts performed very badly and they will need a lot of support. We might also change the leadership there,” he said, adding that 2014’s results were not comparable to 2013’s.

“Remember, in 2013 matrics wrote the National Senior Certificate and in 2014 they wrote the Curriculum Assessment Policy Statement. And this is the best curriculum this country has offered to date.”

Gauteng Premier David Makhura said the province will never be satisfied until it achieves a 100% pass rate.

“We will track school by school to see if they are functioning properly. Some schools will have to be pushed harder. We are interested in every school,” he said, adding that 84.7% doesn’t represent the province’s best standards.”

He said he wants every child, not just to pass, but to pass well.

“We will work hard until all schools are accountable. We are accountable leaders. We want accountable schools, and we will defend this title.”

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