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South Africa: School Improvement Plan Put to the Test
Source Date: Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Focus: Institution and HR Management
Country: South Africa
Created: Apr 30, 2014

“We have also ensured that learner study notes and extra classes are aligned to the CAPS curriculum,” said the MEC, who was visiting Ponelopele Secondary in Ivory Park to motivate the Matric Class of 2014.

Under SSIP, Grade 12 learners get extra classes on Saturdays and during school holidays.

Now in its fifth year, SSIP has become an important element in improving the quality of education in Gauteng schools by giving support to educators and school managers to ensure better curriculum delivery.

SSIP has helped 435 priority schools to achieve the provincial benchmarks.

Accompanied by the province’s top 2013 matriculant, Praise Ndebele (who is a graduate of Ponelopele), the MEC congratulated learners for attending extra classes during the April school holidays and assured them that their sacrifices now would reward them when the matric results are announced in January 2015.

“I know no one wants to give up their holidays and attend extra classes. I also know that learners who do well and who achieve a university pass and even succeed in getting a bursary for their further studies are learners who attend SSIP classes on a regular basis,” said MEC Creecy.

She told learners that there was no substitute for hard work and urged them to make the most of their learning time.

SSIP has shown an average performance increase of 15% since 2009 and the gap in performance between fee-paying and no-fee schools has narrowed from 24% in 2009 to 9% in 2013.

“Today, the number of public schools achieving a pass rate of less than 60% has dropped from 188 in 2009 to 19 in 2013,” she said.

Extra classes for the 2014 matrics will run throughout the week. Once term starts, extra classes will be held every Saturday. Programmes will also run during the June holidays, as well as the September vacation.

Subjects targeted are: Maths; Maths Literacy; Physical Science; Life Sciences; Accounting; English First Additional Language; Economics, Business Studies; History and Geography.
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