MEC for Education Panyaza has welcomed a decision by Gauteng to release the performances of primary schools, as is tradition with the annual matric results.
For the first time since the dawn of a new democracy, parents in Gauteng will get a picture of which primary schools are the best in the province.
Lesufi said he was excited about the move as it was imperative to monitor and enhance the performance of learners in the foundation phases.
“We are looking forward to the assessment report to be released by the Premier on this issue,” said Lesufi.
Gauteng Premier David Makhura made this announcement on Tuesday during his State of the Province Address at the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University in Ga-Rankuwa, North of Pretoria. .
He said his government would be releasing an assessment report of primary schools in due course.
“We have completed the assessment of all the primary schools in the public education system and are ready to publicly release the report in keeping with the commitment we made,” said Makhura.
“Most of the problems of our basic education system derive from the weaknesses of the foundation phases and primary schools. Poor performance in the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects, as well as Accounting and Economics should be addressed through interventions from ECD to Grade 7.”
“It is for this reason that we made a pronounced that over the next decade more attention will also be given to the strengthening of the foundation phases and improving the overall performance of all primary schools in Gauteng.”
Makhura said the government is ready to invest not only in high school education but in early childhood development as well.
Gauteng received the second-highest matric pass rate in the country, achieving an 87.2%.
Makhura said ECD centres have been neglected for too long.
“The provincial government will support 700,000 children aged 0-4 years in early childhood development centres across the province. We will do this by providing funding, curriculum development and training of teachers,” said Makhura.
“We want all crèches operating in Gauteng to comply with the ECD norms and standards and follow the approved curriculum so that they can offer our children a proper foundation, including numeracy, digital literacy and inclusionary education.”
(Compiled by Charles Molele)