The Council of Education Ministers affirms that there is an urgent need to scrutinize precisely how human resource management is carried out in provincial education departments to improve accountability among principals and schools.
During a special meeting organised last week, which was attended by Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga, the council have agreed to the fact that there was an immediate need to scrutinize precisely how human resource management is carried out in provincial education departments to make certain that the curriculum is adequately covered to boost and improve the quality of education.
At the same time, it was agreed that the PERSAL system will be cleaned up to verify exactly who was employed by the Department of Basic Education, where these individuals are located and exactly what subjects they provide. This certainly will at the same time enhance initiatives to improve record keeping.
The council additionally affirmed its support of improved teacher accountability by way of teacher attendance, learner attendance, and class period control registers, in conjunction with continuous monitoring to be able to assist schools in the use of these accountability instruments.
Relating to the issue of human resources, the council concluded that provincial heads of department need to carry out an audit of learner and teacher numbers and finalise teacher profiles for departments in order to effectively make use of teachers within the system.
The council noted the Integrated School Health Programme, whose primary objective is health screening. The programme is going to be multi-departmental and rolled out in every school in order to do away with major health barriers to learning. The progressive implementation of the programme is going to be carried out in collaboration with the Department of Health, Social Development and National Treasury, the council mentioned.