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Legislature embarks on school readiness oversight visits

The Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature is set to embark on its schools readiness programme to assess the schools’ readiness for the 2019 calendar year and evaluate 2018 academic results.
By Mr L Fumba - 08 January 2019
Legislature embarks on school readiness oversight visits
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07/01/19

EC LEGISLATURE EMBARKS ON ITS ANNUAL SCHOOLS READINESS OVERSIGHT PROGRAMME 

The Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature is set to embark on its annual schools readiness programme. The objective of the schools visits programme is to assess the schools’ readiness for 2019 calendar year and evaluate 2018 academic results.  The programme is scheduled to commence from 9 until 18 January 2018.

Members of the Provincial Legislature (MPLs) will visit all Districts & Metro areas in the Eastern Cape. This has been implemented since the beginning of 2017 where all MPLs are involved in this oversight programme. 

The Portfolio Committee on Education coordinated a preparatory meeting on Monday, 7 January 2019, involving all MPLs and the Department of Education. The Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee, Mr Mzoleli Mrara commended the efforts by all the role-players which resulted in the improvement of the matric pass rate from 65.8% in 2017 to 71.4% in 2018, representing an improvement of 5.6% which was the biggest improvement nationally. “We appreciate the support from school governing bodies and the dedication of educators who were part of study camps in 2018 as their contribution played a significant part in the results that have been achieved”, he said.   

Mrara said, “Our decision to expand the schools’ visits programme saw the Legislature allocating four weeks in the annual calendar to conduct oversight on the effectiveness of teaching and learning. The empirical evidence we have gathered in the process demonstrates a considerable amount of progress since the institutionalisation of the Programme”. He added that the improvement in the matric results was indicative of the positive impact this programme and others as implemented by the executive were having on the provision of basic education. 

The intended objective of the Legislature is to visit as many schools as possible but also have a targeted oversight programme which will constantly monitor those schools visited. Mrara added that the current national debate on the matric pass rate and the dropout rate of learners was of interest to the Committee and the intention was to ensure that, “we leave no stone unturned”.  

The programme will be focusing on a number of issues related to the provision of education such as the timely delivery of learner teacher support material, school nutrition programme, scholar transport, provision of infrastructure as well as the availability of educators to all the schools at foundation, intermediate and senior primary phases and also GET and FET phases as well. 

The objective behind the two weeks long programme is to ensure that challenges encountered in the first week can be followed through and addressed immediately to avoid delays in tuition. 

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