Minister Angie Motshekga release findings of 2017 School Monitoring Survey, 8 Apr

The Minister of Basic Education Mrs Angie Motshekga will on Monday 08 April 2019, release the findings of the 2017 School Monitoring Survey.

Commissioned in 2017 by the Department of Basic Education (DBE), this national survey sought to measure the progress of public ordinary schools’ towards achieving the key goals and indicators set out in the Action Plan 2019, as well as the Medium Term Strategic Framework 2014-2019.

The 2017 SMS therefore allows the Department to both reflect on the progress made in terms of service delivery, as well as focus on the areas which will require further support. Where possible the survey went beyond measuring the basic provisioning of education resources but attempted to measure if these were accessed by schools, in working condition and being put to effective use

The survey focused on 13 Indicators namely:

Indicator 1: The percentage of schools where all allocated teaching posts are filled.

Indicator 2: The average number of hours per year that teachers spend on professional development activities.

Indicator 3: The percentage of teachers absent from school on an average day.

Indicator 4: The percentage of learners, per grade and subject, with access to the required textbooks and workbooks for the entire school year.

Indicator 5: The percentage of learners in schools with a library or media centre meeting certain minimum standards.

Indicator 6: The percentage of schools with the minimum set of management documents at the required standard.

Indicator 7: The percentage of schools where the School Governing Body (SGB) meets the minimum criteria of effectiveness.

Indicator 8: The percentage of learners in schools that are funded at the minimum level.

Indicator 9: The percentage of schools which have acquired the full set of financial management responsibilities on the basis of an assessment of their financial management capacity.

Indicator 10: The percentage of schools which comply with nationally-determined minimum physical infrastructure standards.

Indicator 11: The percentage of schools with at least one educator who has received specialised training in identifying and supporting learners with special educational needs (LSEN).

Indicator 12: The percentage of schools visited at least twice a year by district officials for monitoring and support purposes.

Indicator 13: The percentage of school principals rating the support services of districts as being satisfactory.

In assessing how far these goals and indicators are being met, the School Monitoring Survey (SMS) 2017 builds on the SMS 2011, allowing the Department to track delivery progress over this period, with the key objective of fulfilling the department’s vision for schooling in 2030.

Source: Government of South Africa