The South African Democratic Teachers` Union (SADTU) in the Free State calls upon the provincial Department of Education to come up with more sustainable strategies to ensure that learners’ performance improves.
Speaking at the Provincial Curriculum Lekgotla held in Bloemfontein, the Deputy Provincial Chairperson, Lucy Matsipa, says although the province had performed well with regard to the matric pass rate, more needs to be done to improve the quality of education in the foundation phase.
She says the teacher-learner ratio at this level is much higher and adds to a large number of failed grade R learners.
“So we are in agreement as Lekgotla that the Free State Department of Education needs to employ more resources in the foundation phase so that we build more solid, quality education from lower grades.
We will continue employing strategies that we’re employing in Grade 12 to sustain the results.
Matsipa says they are suggesting a long-term plan to reach a point where both Grade 12 learners and teachers no longer have to carry the burden of learning the work of 12 years in one academic year.
She says this will also help them with the transition from school level to tertiary level.
“We are mainly focused on building a solid education foundation for all learners. We are also grateful that during this provincial summit we came into agreement that from this year there will be vocational schools built in the province to meet the needs of learners who do not perform well academically. Previously our curriculum system did not take the different abilities of learners into consideration.”
Matsipa says this will also address some of the socio-economic issued faced in the province. “We need to ensure that the Free State Education produces and excel in quality and not quantity passes.”
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