MEC visits iLembe schools for functionality monitoring programme

2018-01-31 06:02
PHOTO: SUPPLIEDiLembe District champion MEC Mthandeni Dlungawane speaks about the schools in Maphumulo during his visit. Looking on is Mayor Zibuyisile Khuzwayo-Dlamini.

PHOTO: SUPPLIEDiLembe District champion MEC Mthandeni Dlungawane speaks about the schools in Maphumulo during his visit. Looking on is Mayor Zibuyisile Khuzwayo-Dlamini.

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THE KZN MEC for Education Mthandeni Dlungwana, members of the KZN Legislature and the Maphumulo mayor and councillors from the iLembe District family of municipalities visited schools as part of the department’s annual functionality monitoring programme on Wednesday, January 17.

The delegation visited Inkonjane Secondary and Mbhekaphansi High Schools in Maphumulo to identify challenges resulting in the poor matric performances in some of these schools.

The two schools visited by the MEC were among those that achieved below 40%.

Maphumulo mayor Zibuyisele Khuzwayo-Dlamini urged community leaders and school governing bodies to work together with the department and the municipality in the fight against social ills.

“Our children should be our responsibility as parents.

“A child should be taught from home about morals and values.

“Teachers are there to help the child improve academically, so let’s work hand in hand to help our children improve,” said Khuzwayo-Dlamini.

Some of the challenges raised by principals in the area include the high teenage pregnancy rate, the shortage of teachers, pupils having to cross the uThukela River, which at times is difficult when it rains heavily and the increase in school drop-outs.

The MEC advised relevant stakeholders to take part in the daily operations of the schools and said children’s education should take first priority.

“Schools that obtained less than 40% must come up with a strategic plan to avoid getting the same results in 2018.

“Communities and relevant stakeholders must partake in schools’ daily operations in striving for better communities and for the brighter future of South Africa,” he said.

The iLembe District Champion Dlungawane closed the visit by visiting Sizani Primary School in Salt Rock and Bhidakhona in Ndwedwe.

A debriefing session was later held at Stanger High School.

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