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By unknown | Jan 10, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Simon Nare

Simon Nare

The Free State education department, which recorded dismal matric results last year, will unveil an ambitious strategy to improve results.

Rafu Rakometsi, head of the department, said the strategy has already been drafted.

"The only thing that's left is consultation with senior managers and district managers," he said.

Rigorous monitoring of schools and the support given to them will form part of the strategy.

"We need to check what kind of support we are giving districts.

"We will also be analysing pupils' performance in different subjects. So, yes, it is all systems go," Rakometsi said.

He said the department would meet district directors, executive managers and the MEC.

"Beyond that we are going to be coming up with a clear strategy for the whole year.

"We will also have sessions with under-performing and fluctuating schools," he said.

At these meetings the principals will have to explain why their schools continue to under-perform and present improvement plans to be monitored by the department.

Rakometsi said some of the problem subjects were English second language, maths and science.

"As part of the strategy we will be conducting workshops for teachers at under-performing subjects.

"We have got a lot of positive aspects to this strategy because we are serious about improving matric results, as we have always been," he said.


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