South Africa prioritises quality education

The South African government has unveiled an extensive transformation strategy for basic education, enacting to construct more public schools in disadvantaged regions in addition to drastically enhance the level of quality of teaching and learning.

This approach forms part of the country’s Action Plan 2014 which specifically encourages and promotes comprehensive teaching techniques, regular assessments to be able to monitor progress, improving upon early childhood development, specific planning, in addition to significantly greater accountability within the state school system.

The action plan is part of a more significant framework called Schooling 2025 – the actual vision of which will be to make certain that there are actually properly resourced educational facilities available to all South African children to make sure they have the capacity to attend and finish the mandatory grades one to nine.

“We would like South Africa’s children to receive only the very best education and learning at school – furthermore this is certainly one of government’s top priorities,” said Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga.

In a great many of the country’s rural regions and townships, students are required to travel considerable distances to get to and from school, not to mention sit in congested as well as ill-equipped classrooms. Because of these kinds of obstacles, there exists a higher than average occurrence of pupils dropping out of school well before concluding the obligatory phase or grade 12, the last year of high school.

The Department of Basic Education has committed to construct considerably more educational institutions to help remedy a few of these challenges. In 2011, seven new schools are going to be established in Gauteng, nine in the Western Cape and 20 in KwaZulu-Natal.

Changing lives

Monako Tsotetsi from Lawley, a township located in the southern region of Johannesburg, has been thrilled as he geared up for his very first day at the community’s brand new high school, appropriately named Lawley Secondary School. “It’s so good to attend school basically down the road from your house. I no longer need to wake up in the early hours of the morning in order to travel for approximately two hours to arrive at school any longer.”

Tsotetsi commenced his grade nine year at the recently constructed school, which had been formally opened by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane, Gauteng Education MEC Barbara Creecy and Johannesburg City Mayor Amos Masondo on 12 January as schools throughout the province commenced their academic year.

In January of 2010 Motlanthe traveled to the Lawley community and the majority of residents spoke to him regarding the necessity for a secondary school in the community. The vast majority of senior students at that time were required to travel a long distance to Lenasia or Ennerdale to attend high school – and in addition transportation was basically financially demanding for their low-income households.

“It also simply took too much time to arrive at school, which in turn took a toll on us and also interfered with our ability to be fresh and focused for school,” said Tsotetsi.
Members from the local community state they are astounded of the fact that deputy president was so hasty in attending to their need. “This is definitely a really special move by Motlanthe,” said Thabiso Molefe.

“Not having a high school in the area resulted in a number of the children, whose families were not able to find the money for school fees, carrying out crime and / or drugs. Today the children have a very good opportunity at a significantly better life.”

Speaking at the school’s opening ceremony, Mokonyane said: “You’re going to make history. At some point when you’re older you are going to point out I had been one of the very first students of this school.”

The premier urged the students to study hard as well as work towards attaining excellent grade 12 results. “Start right now to prepare yourself, and it can be entirely possible that your own future will be better.”

Motlanthe in addition urged the students along with teachers to function alongside one another in order to bring about excellent results at the school. “This school commences with a blank sheet. It brings absolutely no baggage, there is simply no history of failure allowing it to therefore proceed immediately into becoming a school of excellence,” he said. “The way forward for this particular school is dependent upon precisely what both students and the educators put in.”

The institution, which consists of 24 prefabricated classrooms, has 11 teachers and 200 pupils signed up for it at the present time. The basic education department stated the school could quite possibly have capacity for additional students as time goes by.
The government decided to go with prefabricated classrooms as a short-term measure at the school mainly because they could be constructed comparatively quickly and easily, in contrast to being required to build the institution completely from scratch.

“If this particular school had not been built, I am aware I would personally have ended up lacking any education. My parents definitely would not have been in a position to have enough money to send me to school a long way away for much longer. This school is without a doubt saving a lot of our lives and our futures,” said Tsotetsi.



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