Education is a societal issue – Minister Angie Motshekga
Education is a societal issue and needs all community members to work together. These are the words of Minister of Basic Education, Mme Angie Motshekga when addressing thousands of people at Botlokwa, Molemole Municipality in Capricorn District. Motshekga was speaking to the community members during her School Governing Body’s (SGBs) Road Show where she is encouraging community members to avail themselves during the election.
The three years term of current SGBs across the country come to an end at the end of March 2015. There are more than 2000 committees to be elected in the country while Limpopo has more than 900.
The Road Show which took place on Saturday was attended by inter alia, schools SGBs, principals, inspectors, traditional leaders and parents. Acting Member of the Executive Committee (MEC) for education, Mr Jerry Ndou encouraged community members to be active in the running of their schools. “It is only when the school is organised and all stakeholders work towards excellence that results in leaners get good examination results” Ndou said.
Minister Motshekga called all parents and guardians to avail themselves for the elections that will take place on 6 – 28 March 2015. “Do not vote people who will not add value in the education of your children just because they are popular. Those who do not have kids in schools but have expertise to assist the schools can also be co-opted” She said.
Motshekga also indicated that the function of the SGBs is to make sure the learning and teaching processes are run smoothly. She encouraged SGBs to also check the tests and classwork learners do at schools.
“We are saying they should at least have written four times in a week per subject. It can’t be correct that learners are not getting both the classwork and tests and we expect them to only write final examination at the end of the year and pass excellently” She added.
Limpopo has already trained electoral officers who are deployed in different schools. Schools are also ready to go for elections of the SGBs. The Acting MEC for Education will launch the elections campaign on the 5th March 2015. The event will take place in Capricorn district.
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SOURCE: SOUTH AFRICAN OFFICIAL NEWS