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Continued Support Transforms Underperforming Schools
Source: Google Alert
Source Date: Monday, November 21, 2011
Focus: Institution and HR Management
Country: South Africa
Created: Nov 21, 2011

Limited curriculum coverage, a narrow range of learning opportunities and few textbooks in classrooms are some of the problems these schools face, he said.

“It is, however, surprising that, despite the bad infrastructure, these schools are not interested in money, but want to be respected and treated as equal partners.”

Langhan mentioned that teachers work courageously under difficult circumstances to change the situation at their schools.

“Continued support helped teachers to use the learning material correctly, and to understand what they supposed to do. Learners are writing more often and their literacy and numeracy skills improved.”

Teachers are now facilitating and learners participating, said Langhan.

Organisation at the schools improved and existing facilities were revitalised and used again.

Langham is of the view that support for schools should focus on teamwork, coaching and mentoring. This can help underperforming schools to be successful.

o    The next conversation will take place in November. For more information, contact Rolene Liebenberg, Manager: Schools Partnership Project, at rolene@sun.ac.za or 021 808 9142.


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