MEMBERS of the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature will be deployed to schools all over the province this week to ensure that the new school year starts without any glitches. Public schools will re-open tomorrow for the first term and the MPLs will, among other things, monitor the state of readiness at the various schools. They will also be inspecting whether schooling indeed begins on the first day of school, check on the delivery of stationery, the availability of teaching staff and the state of school infrastructure. Legislature speaker Lydia Johnson said it will also be an opportunity to speak to members of the community and get their views on how teaching and learning in their specific communities can best be improved. “The school visits are done together with the Department of Education as part of the legislature’s oversight exercise,” she said. Once members have monitored schools, they will come back and report their findings to Education MEC Peggy Nkonyeni, who will then make necessary interventions. “The schools functionality monitoring programme has been very effective and we believe that it has had a huge impact towards improvement of results,” Johnson said, adding that they were expecting an 80% matric pass rate at the end of this academic year. National Association of School Governing Body chairperson Reginald Chiliza said they are not expecting registration on the first day of school because they are assuming that it had been finalised by the end of October last year. “We also expect that teachers will be ready to teach. Gone are those days when kids would sit for two weeks and do nothing or cut grass,” Chiliza added. He said he hopes teachers will be ready as they had weeks to prepare themselves. Private schools in the province open today.