MEC: Education system in tatters, plan in place

2012-11-16 00:00

THE education system is “in tatters”, Education MEC Senzo Mchunu admitted yesterday, but he said his department has a plan to remedy the situation in KZN.

Yesterday, he presented a discussion document, “Transformation of the Schooling System in KZN”, to teachers, principals and unions at the Durban University of Technology’s Indumiso campus.

Mchunu listed curriculum management and delivery, equipment and infrastructure shortages, management and finances among the department’s top challenges.

Part of the solution involves abolishing “non-viable” schools in KZN. These include 1 287 public schools with fewer than 200 pupils each. Senior general manager for institutional development, Judy Dlamini, said some schools have classes with just one or two pupils.

The department said most of these schools have poor infrastracture, with no specialist classes.

The department also wants to abolish combined schools, which offer grades R to 12.

Meanwhile, schools that scored 80% to 90% matric pass rates in the last four years and primary schools with good performances in the Annual National Assessment will acquire bonus packages from the department.

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