Steven Tau
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12 Jan 2016
10:55 am

Education dept pledges support to teachers, pupils

Steven Tau

"The committee pledges its support to all teachers, pupils, parents and civil society".

Matric pupils from Lehlabile Secondary School in Mamelodi celebrate after they received their matric certificates on 6 January 2015. Picture: Christine Vermooten

The Portfolio Committee on Basic Education has committed to support schools even more in the current new academic year, particularly those situated in struggling districts.

Chairperson of the committee, Nomalungelo Gina, urged all stakeholders to work hard in ensuring that 2016 is a success.

“The committee pledges its support to all teachers, pupils, parents and civil society.

“We encourage those provinces that did not do well to put all their effort to increasing the pass rate, and the focus for the year should not be on Grade 12, but improvement of performance for the whole system,” Gina said.

Inland schools reopen on Wednesday, following the announcement of Grade 12 results last year where the country achieved a 70.7% pass rate.

The Eastern Cape was the least achieving province with about 56% of matriculants passing in 2015.

“This administration is committed to education, and for our children we will not compromise,” she added.

– stevent@citizen.co.za