It’s back to school for KZN's lawmakers

2011-01-18 00:00

IT’S back to school and politicians in KwaZulu-Natal have planned various activities to kick off the 2011 education programme.

When the first bell rings to signal the start of the new academic year tomorrow, members of the provincial legislature will be visiting various schools to check on their readiness.

The delegation, which forms part of the legislature’s schools functionality monitoring programme, will be led by the speaker of the KZN Legislature, Neliswa Nkonyeni.

MPLs and MPs are expected to visit schools in all the districts throughout the province in an attempt to assist the provincial department of education to identify the challenges experienced by both the best and worst performing schools in the province.

Ladysmith, which was recently devastated by floods, will receive special attention. The political leaders will identify schools that have been hit hardest by the floods.

Meanwhile, MEC for Health, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, plans to celebrate the academic successes of the class of 2010 in the Amajuba district by bringing together stakeholders who can assist in the district’s development.

A gala dinner will kick off celebrations for the best performing matriculants of the 2010 class this evening.

Visits to schools will follow the opening of the 2011 school year.

The local government’s involvement follows a positive increase in the province’s pass rate in 2010 — a recorded a pass rate of 70%, which is almost 10% higher than that for 2009.

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