Government has established clear goals and objectives to further improve the caliber of student education and learning in the country by 2014.
Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga made the statement recently during a briefing subsequent to President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address.
During his State of the Nation address, Zuma declared among the list of five critical focal points of government this coming year would definitely be making improvements to education and learning in the country.
Motshekga declared that the government is geared towards enhancing numeracy and literacy levels of Grades 3 and 6 from the current averages of 27 percent and 38 percent respectively, to a minimum of 60 percent within the next three years.
To evaluate progress, she stated that they would frequently monitor overall performance via the independently moderated Annual National Assessments (ANA) project, which has been unveiled recently in all of the public schools in Grades 1 to 6 along with a sample in Grade 9.
“Overall performance of Grade 3, 6 and 9 pupils in ANA are going to be reported during March of every year, beginning in 2011. The ANA is determined nationally which will furnish a benchmark for every individual school within the basic education sector,” said Motshekga.
Emphasis would certainly at the same time be on teacher development, she stated, mentioning that next month her department is likely to release the Integrated Strategic Plan for Teacher Education and development in South Africa.
She additionally suggested that school principals “really should be empowered to manage and control their schools and make certain an effective environment for teaching and learning, and in addition they ought to be held accountable in maintaining high standards of education within our educational facilities.”
The Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (Caps), which incorporated the training of teachers and adaptation of textbooks, is going to be completed this coming year, Motshekga said.
“The Caps will offer teachers with a solitary curriculum document per subject per grade,” she said.
The minister reiterated Zuma’s call of the fact that teachers need to be in the classroom punctually and each and every student must have a text book.