premier will not stop surprise school raids

MEC of education Mahlubandile Qwase speaking at the educational advisary council meeting that was held at Staring in East London Pic: MLONDOLOZI MBOLO.  16/04/2009. © Unknown.
MEC of education Mahlubandile Qwase speaking at the educational advisary council meeting that was held at Staring in East London Pic: MLONDOLOZI MBOLO. 16/04/2009. © Unknown.

EASTERN Cape MEC for education and the provincial premier will continue to pay surprise visits to schools in the area to catch late-coming teachers and pupils.

EASTERN Cape MEC for education and the provincial premier will continue to pay surprise visits to schools in the area to catch late-coming teachers and pupils.

The province is in a drive to bring discipline to schools and reduce absenteeism and late-coming among teachers and pupils.

MEC Mahlubandile Qwase visited a school last week and found the majority of pupils had not arrived long after school started. Teachers also arrived late.

The province was one of the worst performing in the country with a pass rate of 50,6percent in matric last year.

Departmental spokesperson Loyiso Pulumani said the MEC and Premier Noxolo Kiviet would continue with surprise visits at schools to check progress.

"An investigation was launched and a decision will be taken regarding the teachers who were caught coming late or were absent from work," he said yesterday.

But he said the matric examination were going smoothly despite bad weather conditions in Eastern Cape.

Pulumani said: "So far there are only a few minor incidents."

He said two pupils in the ABET site forgot their identity documents and one had arrived 20 minutes late.

Pulumani said the department had anticipated more problems because of bad weather in the province.

He said the department was optimistic that this year's matric results would be better than the previous matric results.

"We started preparing early and we hope the efforts we put in will bring positive results," he said.

"We are expecting an improvement of 5percent as part of the Learner Attainment Improvement Strategy."

Pulumani said next year the department would implement the improvement strategy as early as possible in order to further improve the matric results.

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