The provision of water and sanitation in the Northern Cape Province still remains one of the major challenges faced by some of the schools in the province. This is according to the Chairperson of the Select Committee on Education and Recreation, Lynette Zwane.
Zwane says it was also discovered during an oversight visit to schools that some of the infrastructure needs to be upgraded. She says there are also cases where the Department of Education needs to employ additional staff.
Zwane says they are currently engaging in talks with the provincial and National Department of Basic Education to improve the quality of education in the province.
She says the provincial Department of Education also needs to focus on the post provisioning norm, where there are big classes and there is a need for more teachers. She says school principals also raised issued relating to the need to employ more non-teaching additional staff.
“We are engaging in constructive discussions looking at how we can take the process forward and improve the quality of education, because as the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) we are not only looking at the delivery of education services but also critically important is the quality thereof. We are also looking at the results and the performance of learners.”
She says the emphasis should not only be at the level of grade 12.
Zwane says if the country does justice to the lower grades, there will not be problems with the performance of learners in higher grades. She says the lack of involvement and support of parents and school governing bodies at some of the schools also came to their attention.
She advises parents to be more involved in the education of their children.
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