Education MEC speaks on ‘crisis’

2016-03-02 06:00
At the indaba are, from left, Free State Premier Ace Magashule with Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and Free State Education MEC Tate Makgoe.  Photo: Sidwell Guduka

At the indaba are, from left, Free State Premier Ace Magashule with Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and Free State Education MEC Tate Makgoe. Photo: Sidwell Guduka

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TEACHER PROFILING is a crisis in the province, said Education MEC Tate Makgoe on Thursday.

Makgoe said some teachers were appointed in positions that they were not qualified in and this compromised the foundation of teaching for young pupils in the province.

He said the first five years of school were crucial and focus had to be placed on teaching.

“Teacher profiling has also shown us that we have a crisis.

We have found situations where people were appointed as HODs in areas that were not within their expertise,” said Makgoe.

He spoke to the media on the sidelines of the Education Indaba held at the Emoya Estate in Bloemfontein on Thursday, where Education Minister Angie Motshekga was also present.

Motshekga said the Free State had the education fundamentals right and needs to move to the next level and deepen inclusivity in the farm and township schools.

The two-day meeting, which came to an end on Friday, was expected to come up with solutions to many of the challenges that hinder growth of the education system.

Referring to the “selling of posts” debacle, Motshekga said she will publish the report by the ministerial task team into the practice, saying the task team uncovered some concerning tendencies that are being perpetuated in the appointment of teachers and principals.

The minister said the report will be made public by mid-March after implicated individuals have been notified.

Motshekga said the province is rural and that it has many challenges that present obstacles, but is able to give cosmopolitan provinces such as Gauteng and the Western Cape a run for their money.

“This province has the basics right, so you do not need to waste a lot of time on getting a bit right, you now need to move to the next level, open more vocational schools so that learners who do not have a strong academic orientation are not lost in the system,” Motshekga said.

She said her department was planning to open more skills schools next year and that is where the provincial department had to focus.

The two-day summit was attended by about 300 delegates, including academics, trade unions, youth organizations, religious organisations, NGOs, local government representatives, school governing bodies (SGBs), members of the Provincial Legislature, MECs and the provincial HODs.

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