The education department in Gauteng has recorded a sharp downward slop of schools performance in the past academic year. out of 2267 number of public schools, only 99 were being rated as “great”.
Rating the schools performance, the Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi yesterday introduced the province’s school categorization system.
Speaking at a press briefing on the state of education in the province, Lesufi revealed that there were more than two million pupils attending state schools in the province and out of a total of 803 secondary school in the province, only 99 were categorized as great;180 as good; and 524 poor to fair.
Also, out of 1464 primary schools, 5 were categorized as great; 292 as good; and 1 167 as poor to fair. This new system of categorization for secondary school, is determined by a weighted average using the bachelor pass rate, maths and science pass rates, and the matric pass rate and for primary schools, measured in accordance with the 2014 Annual National Assessment results.
Though names of the schools and the categories they fall in are yet to be made available, the department introduced this to enable parents to see the performance of Gauteng’s schools on its website.
According to Lasufi, the department had identified schools at which its intervention was needed and this would include assessing the adequacy of resources, ways to retain teachers and the redeployment of school principals.
The MEC decried the alarming rate of declining pass rate in grades eight and nine. Report has it that nearly half of pupils failed last year.
“Grade 8 is when they go to high school. Grade 7 [pupils] are not doing badly with an 85% pass rate, so I don’t understand what happens when they get to high school,” said Lesufi adding that more effort is needed in grades 7 and 10.
“We know where the problems are now, so we are not going to be surprised by Grade 12 performance.”
The Gauteng Education Department has further reported that more than a hundred smartboards have been stolen from schools in the province, while 4, 000 pupils who passed matric last year are still refusing to return their tablets.
While the department is said to be working with the authorities to recover the smartboards and tablets, not lesser than three hundred and seventy-seven township schools converted to a paperless classroom last year, but are now being targeted by criminals
Lasufi however reported that the department has recently achieved an increasing recovery of the tablets. He also promised that the tablets would be returned to schools by the end of the academic year. “We are quite convinced that we are not going to have this problem next year”he said.