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South Africa is undoubtedly moving forward in education

Government has welcomed President Jacob Zuma’s request to serve on UN Secretary -General Ban Ki-Moon’s Education First Initiative which is geared towards advancing the achievement of quality, relevant and inclusive education for everyone across the world.

UN Secretary-General invited Zuma, who will one of ten inaugural Member State Champions for the Education First Initiative. The inaugural states are going to have the duty to give help and support to the UN Secretary-General to guarantee formidable visibility along with the success of the project.

The request to join the Education First Initiative is a clear indication to the reputation of South Africa as a country that is making an effort to undo the influence of centuries of colonialism and apartheid in education as well as other spheres according to Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj. The influence and impact of colonialism on education continues to be an extremely sensitive topic.

 

Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj

Numerous groups along with the Democratic Alliance have raised their objection to inclusion of South Africa given the recent failures of the Education Department whilst making claims that South Africa has not yet accomplished a great deal in education. This has also been backed up by universities stating that high students entering their institution are not prepared for post high school education.

Maharaj has defended his claims stating that these opinions are incorrect and malicious emphasizing that South Africa could count numerous successes in the last 18 years in reversing the consequence of a racist education system which had been created to suppress the majority. In many respects this statement is true but the we should not forget or discount the reality that after 18 years along with court orders, the education department still cannot deliver books to school children or take responsibility for this.

Among the list of accomplishments has been the splitting up of Basic and Higher Education in 2009 by the President to ensure that each could receive complete attention.

At the Basic Education level, government was forced to contend with the influence of poverty on learner overall performance along with aspects which include weak school management, teacher expertise and know-how, low levels of accountability in addition to limited resources all of which have impacted on the way schools performed.

As stated by Maharaj the government has systematically put into practice programs to deal with all of these flaws and improvement is being made. Most of all the government hopes to achieve the goal of universal access to education.

 

On top of that, more than eight million children are currently in no-fee schools not to mention the fact that government in addition has been successful in facilitating universal access to primary education. The percentage of girls enrolled in primary, secondary and tertiary education is without a doubt improving substantially. At the same time, the government’s school nutrition programme is currently feeding in excess of eight million children in more than 20 000 schools which has had a beneficial influence on overall performance of students.

Government is furthermore on course to fulfill its goal of having 100% coverage for Grade R by 2014. Grade R enrolment has grown from 300 000 to over 700 000 between 2003 and 2011. The government continues work tirelessly at eliminating mud schools with an injection of 8.2 billion rand been allocated to the programme. Over the next few months the government is expecting to open new schools in the Eastern Cape region replacing the old mud schools. The success rate of matric students has also improved from 67.8% in 2010 and 70.2% in 2011.

Maharaj also stated that government continuously work relentlessly to further improve the quality of teaching maths and science in addition to the teaching of literacy and numeracy. The education department also aims to improve the current university pass rate and providing graduates a greater chance of employment.

In order to improve literacy and numeracy in primary schools, the department of education has implemented Annual National Assessment (ANA) tests make it possible for to objectively appraise the health and well-being of the education system below Grade 12.

 

“The 2011 ANA results confirmed our belief that the levels of literacy and numeracy are very low, Grade 3 learner average scores are 28% and 35% for numeracy and literacy respectively. We want schools to use the results to produce school development plans so that we can systematically improve education outcomes. The target is to have 60% of Grade 3 learners performing at required literacy levels, at least 60% of Grade 9 learners performing at required mathematics levels, and 175 000 Grade 12 learners pass with a bachelor’s pass by 2014,” said Maharaj.

On the subject of school management, government has established objectives of producing in excess of 40 000 teachers by 2014. Additionally, when it comes to institutions providing Foundation Phase teacher education, the government hopes to increase the number from 13 to 21 within the upcoming four years. A few of these are going to be revitalized former colleges of education.

Regarding textbooks and learning materials, government has directed the Department of Basic Education to enhance the distribution logistics to ensure that books get to schools on time next year in order to avoid the issues that arose in Limpopo and other provinces this year. Even though the government is looking forward, no action has been taken for the text book blunder even after court decisions. One would have to question the true intent and responsibility of government. Many people have expressed the opinion that if this scenario were to happen in the private sector, those responsible would be seeking new employment. President Zuma is currently  processing the Presidential Task Team report on the Limpopo saga and will make a statement as soon as he has completed the process.

“A lot of progress is being made in improving higher education access and outcomes. To reduce finance as a barrier to accessing post school training, allocations for loans and bursaries increased from R3.3 billion in 2010/11 to R5.5 billion in 2011/12, with R17 million focusing on learners with disability.”

 

Lets hope, for the future of the country,  that these decisions will not be politically based given the fact that the future of the country depends the children and the education they receive.

 

To express your views and opinion you can call the President Hotline toll-free on 17737 or email president@po.gov.za

Source: SAnews.gov.za

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SA pupils preparing to take Annual National Assessment

 

Over half a million pupils in Mpumalanga are going to be examined to ascertain their literacy and numeracy levels.

Public school children in Grades 1 to 6 and 9 are going to take the Annual National Assessment exams between September 21 and 28.

“Over 591 050 learners in the province will write the ANA exams to test their language skills and their grasp of mathematics,” said Education MEC Reginah Mhaule. “We have already sent examples of previous exams to schools so teachers can prepare themselves and their learners for the coming tests.”

There is a hope within the department that pupils will be able to attain an average score of at least 49% for mathematics and literacy this year.

In 2010, Mpumalanga received the worst results country wide amongst Grade 3, 6 and 9 pupils with an average of 23% for numeracy and literacy tests. This was the very first time that the national Department of Basic Education had carried out ANA exams to evaluate literacy among lower grade pupils throughout the country.

The Mpumalanga province will pay out R70 million this financial year to further improve pupils’ literacy and numeracy at the province’s 1363 state primary schools. The department is planning to releasethe test results for this year’s ANA exams in December.

All test materials and marking memoranda is going to be provided by the national department. In to access the quality of the upcoming ANA exams, the department will centrally moderate a sample of three scripts per class.

Source: SAnews.gov.za

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7 million pupils scheduled to write ANA exams

More than seven million pupils in Grades 1 to 6 and Grade 9 are going to write this year’s Annual National Assessments (ANAs), planned to be written between 18 and 21 September.

The Department of Basic Education has prioritised the ANAs, which puts literacy and numeracy skills of the country’s young learners to the test, as a crucial method for overseeing and keeping track of the accomplishment of the goals set in the department’s action plan.

As reported by the department, the objective of the assessments is to ascertain an objective national benchmark by which to calculate literacy and numeracy achievement levels.

ANA evaluation is undertaken by the education department to ensure that progress can be correctly assessed and appropriate intervention designed and implemented where it is actually required.

 

 

The ANA definitely won’t be utilized for promotion to the next grade, rather as a guide for teachers to recognize challenges in curriculum coverage as well as to inform their lessons in the classroom.

Teachers will mark these assessments based on instructions furnished by the department, and parents will receive ANA results before the end of October.

The department also explained that the School Governing Body (SGB) will receive, at the start of each year, a written report from the district office which will make it possible for schools to compare its ANA results to those of other schools within the same district.

The department has called out to all parents and guardians to rather encourage their children instead of placing them under any pressure.

Parents need to boost their children’s confidence along with their individual abilities and make certain that their children comprehend that these are not examinations whereby they can pass or fail, but rather tests to determine whether they have any issues with literacy and numeracy while they are still in primary school.

The department in addition has made certain that teachers have the ability to sufficiently prepare for this year’s assessments.

 

 

In order to assist learners and parents, the department has made the following resources available on its website:

 

  •  A qualitative report on what learners were not able to do in ANA 2011 and how these can be improved.
  •  Three sets of test exemplars which illustrate the scope, depth and testing techniques used in ANA tests for each grade.
  •  A complete exemplar test of Mathematics and language for each grade.
  •  ANA guidelines which indicate the expected curriculum coverage at the time of ANA administration which will be at the end of the third quarter of the school year.

To view resources go to the department’s website CLICK HERE

 

Source: BuaNews

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Matric pass rate improves but still long way to go

70.2% of the matriculants who took the 2011 National Senior Certificate examinations at South Africa’s state schools were successful and succeeded in passing their examinations. This is a 2.4 percentage point improvement as compared with the previous year’s pass rate of 67.8%.

“I am very happy to announce the fact that the national pass rate for the Class of 2011 is 70.2%,” Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga stated explaining the improvement as encouraging. “South Africa congratulates the Class of 2011.”

 

In total, 496 090 candidates chose to sit for thier matric exams in 2011, in comparison with 537 543 candidates in 2010, at the same time 80 116 part-time students additionally wrote their examinations.

24.3% of Grade 12 students qualified for Bachelors’ studies. This is an incremental improvement from the previous year, when the figure was 23.5%. An overall number of 104 033 matrics successfully passed mathematics in addition to a further 96 441 passing physical science.

 

Change for the better in science but dilemma over maths

The department was basically satisfied with the much better general performance in science, whilst continuing to be concerned with the total number of passes in maths, 46.3% in comparison with 2010’s 47.4%.

Motshekga pointed out that the department would undoubtedly concentrate on an approach to boost the pass rate in science and maths in 2012. From the results, there was clearly a decline in the pass rate for economics, resulting from learners having trouble with questions based on modern day economic problems.

 

The department is furthermore likely to give attention to boosting the involvement of female students and assisting schools to further improve pupils’ subject choices by working with partners from the private sector.

Out of all South Africa’s nine provinces, the Western Cape registered the highest pass rate in 2011, at 82.9%, followed by Gauteng at 81.1%. The Eastern Cape experienced the worst pass rate with 58.1%.

 

Still a considerable way to go

The minister recognized that there was still a considerable way to go in order to eliminate inequity, as well as that the outcomes of the 2011 Annual National Assessments (ANA) were definitely in most cases unfavourable.

She pointed out that the department understood exactly where the problems were and would undoubtedly refine the ANA.

Pupils in grades 1 to 6 and grade 9 are going to write the 2012 ANA in September, with the national ANA final results are going to be released in December.

 

“We congratulate the Class of 2011 for a job well done, especially those who performed remarkably well,” Motshekga said. “A number of of you may very well be disappointed with your final results. There are numerous alternatives accessible to you to enhance your results. Repeat the process, don’t give up now.”

The examinations were incident-free and proceeded without substantial problems. “This demonstrates the maturity of our examination system,” Motshekga said.

The department’s director-general, Bobby Soobrayan, explained how the final results were proof of intervention programmes unveiled by the department.

“This is evidence of a maturing system; teachers have come to grips with the curriculum,” Soobrayan said.

“The Class of 2011 ended up being smaller in comparison with the Class of 2010, which in turn indicates that it is a system trying to find an equilibrium,” Soobrayan added.

Source: BuaNews

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Zuma encourages South Africans to help with basic education

President Jacob Zuma has urged all South Africans to work alongside one another in support of basic education and the future of the children.

Commenting on the 2011 Annual National Assessments (ANA) of numeracy and literacy skills outcomes, Zuma believed the assessments have “reconfirmed the correctness of the government resolution to ensure education is a top priority as well as a social obligation across the country.”

He called on the country to hold up the banner of literacy and numeracy and additionally come together when it comes to making certain that all citizens attain these fundamental and essential skills.

President Jacob Zuma

 

The assessment, which were held in February, consists of numeracy and literacy tests performed among six million foundation phase (Grades 1 to 3) and intermediate phase (Grades 4 to 6) pupils going to government schools.

The ANA results indicated that nationally, Grade 3 pupils performed at an average of 35 percent in literacy and 28 percent in numeracy, while the provincial overall performance stands between 19 percent and 43 percent, with the highest being the Western Cape.

In Grade 6, the nation’s average performance in languages is 28 percent, while mathematics performance is 30 percent. The provincial percent within the two areas ranges somewhere between 20 percent and 41 percent, with the highest being the Western Cape and lowest being Mpumalanga.

Whilst admitting the fact that the outcome was unsatisfactory, Zuma mentioned that they enlighten the nation of learners’ overall performance, and additionally illustrate that where literacy and numeracy programmes are carried out effectively and in a focused way as with Gauteng and Western Cape, overall performance is without a doubt improved upon.

He added the fact that the considerable intervention of testing approximately six million learners is just one of government’s numerous strategies to be able to make certain that the outcome of enhanced quality learning and teaching is accomplished.

“The goal of the ANA is in the first instance to provide government with a means to assess on an annual basis the overall performance of the whole sector – from the individual learner, class, school, district, province along with the country in general. This will certainly make it possible for authorities to effectively evaluate on an annual basis the influence of specific programmes and interventions.

“The ANA outcomes at the same time make it possible for government to recognize points in the system – whether province, district or school – where intervention should be applied, industry professionals will work with the Planning and Delivery Oversight Unit to assist provinces to execute effectively all education programmes and interventions designed to bolster learning and teaching and improved quality of basic education,” Zuma explained in a statement.

In a bid to boost learning and enhance the quality of teaching, government has recently set up programmes, such as the distribution of workbooks to almost six million children in 2011.

Government has additionally announced practical reforms such as streamlining curriculum documents for teachers into the Curriculum and Assessments Statements, in addition to making plans to further improve the language skills of learners by releasing the language of learning and teaching in Grade 1 along with lowering the number of subjects in the intermediate phase.

Government has additionally completed the Integrated Strategic Planning Framework for Teacher Education and Development for South Africa. The main objective is firmly on more targeted, subject-specific teacher education and development which will enhance teacher content knowledge and expertise.

Source: BuaNews

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