Matric failures: MEC in surprise visits to schools

2009-08-26 00:00

AS part of a matric intervention strategy, the KwaZulu-Natal Education MEC, Sizwe Mchunu, paid unannounced visits to various schools around the province yesterday. The schools visited are those that obtained a matric pass rate below 60% last year, including Mphelandaba High School in Mshwati, Doornkloof High School in Mooi River and Zamazulu High School in Imbali. KZN Education spokesman Sihle Mlotshwa said the MEC wanted to meet teachers to find out their problems and how they are planning to address them.

He said Zamazulu teachers told the MEC there were too many pupils last year and it has made teaching unmanageable.

This is the fifth district to be visited by Mchunu since the matric intervention programme was launched.

Speaking at the school, Mchunu said matric results have been going down since 2004. “We want to engage with school management teams [SMTs] to find out what are the problems and to try a number of resolutions …”

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