Limpopo education set to improve soon

THE Limpopo department of education has set aside R54 million this financial year to increase the number of districts from five to 156 to improve governance .

The money will be used to pay the salaries of personnel working in various district offices.

Department spokesperson Ndo Mangala said yesterday that the adjustment was intended to make school management more effective and efficient.

"Politically we have five districts in the province and each district currently has an average of 900 schools. The new adjustment will ensure that each district has at least 300 schools as opposed to the previous trend," he said.

Mangala said management believed it had been a nightmare for officials to monitor and manage the schools on a daily basis. He said the new adjustment would "make work easy, quick, efficient and effective". The department is also to embark on a recruitment drive to appoint professionals in all the districts to work in such offices.

"We will soon be advertising posts of managers, curriculum advisers, clerks and other professionals who will work in those offices to speed up the rate of service delivery to our schools," Mangala said.

He said the new plan was aimed at bringing back the culture of learning into the agenda. Hopefully, this would improve matric examination results in the province.

"Instead of a circuit manager travelling more than 100km to a particular school for his day-to-day work, the manager will now travel 5 to 10 km. Now there will only be five or so schools a day to check for performance."

" This will make the work quicker and more manageable for both managers and the department by reducing distances travelled," he said.

According to the new adjustment, Sekhukhune, which is by far the biggest district in the province, will be divided into four sub districts. They are Mopani 3, Capricorn 3, Vhembe, 3 and Waterburg 2.

The move was welcomed by the South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu), which said it was a step in the right direction.

Provincial Sadtu chairman Ronny Moroatshehla said yesterday that the new adjustment would help take services closer to the people.

But Moroatshehla accused the department of failing to consult all the stakeholders about the plan.

He said the union was not consulted about the final product of the new adjustment and called on the department to do proper consultations before it is implemented.