Open letter to South Africa’s students‚ universities and government‚ represented by Minister in the .
More needs to be done to assist schools through recognition and incentives, Education Minister Naledi Pandor said yesterday.
Addressing journalists after the release of the Schools That Work study, Pandor said that research at 18 secon- dary schools throughout the country indicated that support from the provincial governments was needed.
"Provincial departments should further improve quality in schools."
This comes after the minister commissioned a study - conducted by a three-member committee and a separate reference group - into schools that were performing well. The criteria for the selection of schools was that they consisted of over 80 matric pupils and that they have a record of an over-80percent pass rate.
The study - conducted from June to October - looked at the operations of public schools, mainly attended by black pupils in mostly poor areas.
Pandor said that though these schools were operating in "challenging but normative" circumstances, their success showed that they were focused on teaching and learning. They also showed a strong work ethic.
The committee recommended that provincial departments should provide schools with the necessary resources such as laboratories and libraries.
"At these schools, it was found that there was coherent teaching, learning and management - and professionalism was valued." - Sapa