Gauteng Legislature visits Tshwane schools as part of back to school campaign, 17 to 19 Jan

Nurturing young learners in becoming responsible citizens for the future of South Africa.

Presiding Officers of the Gauteng Provincial Legislatures (GPL) will from the 17th till the 19 January, visit 15 secondary schools of the Tshwane region Education District as part of the Institution’s School Readiness Programme for the 2018 academic year.

Towards the end of 2017, the Gauteng Department of Education’s Executive authority painted a bleak picture relating to the Department’s financial situation underpinning several constraints which may mean some pupils and prospective learners may not find schools in 2018. Thus the visits are aimed at assessing the schools’ state of readiness ahead of the new academic year. The initiative forms part of GPL’s oversight mandate over the work of the Executive Authority in the Province. Presiding Officers will also engage with the schools’ management to identify critical needs for speedy intervention.

During this campaign, the Presiding Officers together with the Portfolio Committee on Education will each actively visit 2 identified schools accompanied by relevant stakeholders compromising Members of the Provincial Legislature, Independent Electoral Commission, Department of Home affairs, local councillors, school governing bodies, school management team, Parliamentary Constituency Office, civil society and community members to oversee the readiness of schools for the 2018 academic year looking specifically on issues such as the registration intake process, monitoring teaching and learning and looking at the state of affairs in respective schools.

Presiding Officers will also use this initiative to donate valuable educational support materials to the schools based on their individual needs. School Shoes, School Uniforms, and groceries among other things.

The GPL will also use this programme to educate parents and learners about the mandate of the Provincial Legislature as well as to campaign for the promotion of the right to education for children and the role of parents in providing support and strengthening the education system.

Members of the media are invited to be part of this initiative and the programme will commence at 8h00.

Source: Government of South Africa