Education MEC applauds ’07 success

2007-12-16 00:00

THE Education Department has received a pat on the back from its MEC, Ina Cronjé, in an end-of-year message released last week.

The message was released as officials prepare for a breather, joining teachers and pupils, before the release of the 2007 matric results on December 28.

Cronjé painted the year as having been formidable and full of challenges, like the public sector strike. However, she said it was also full of achievements and highlighted by firsts, like the growing partnership with the unions, a relationship that has been beneficial to both parties, she said.

“We signed a multi-term agreement, the first of its kind in the country, which will certainly make a difference to the lives of our teachers,” she said.

Another first, she said, will be the appointment of a record number of teachers next year.

She added that the appointment of 600 assistants and close to 3 000 security guards in schools in the province will be another first.

She thanked pupils, teachers, parents and officials for their response to the recovery plan to make up for the time lost during the three week-long strike.

The launch of the department’s reading policy and the mass graduation of 8 000 adult learners from the Masifundisane Community Literacy programme, where the oldest graduate was a 101-year-old woman, were among the listed feats for the department.

In closing, Cronjé said there will be 201 days in the 2008 school calendar and made an appeal for parents to have their children at school on the first day.

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