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South Africa: Gauteng Improves Education System
Source: www.sanews.go.za
Source Date: Thursday, August 28, 2014
Focus: Institution and HR Management
Country: South Africa
Created: Aug 28, 2014

Seventy-five percent of the budget will be spent on the salaries of teachers and officials of the department.

The remaining 25% will be used to meet infrastructure, learner teaching material and school subsidy demands.

“We will focus on modernising public education and building an education system that can compete internationally, especially in maths, science and technology, and continue to support the development of the province.

“It is within this context that we have now taken a decision to ensure that 80% of our children in Gauteng should do pure mathematics by 2019,” MEC Lesufi said.

To sustain the improved Grade 12 performance of the province, MEC Lesufi said his department has extended the Secondary School Intervention Programme (SSIP) to reach all secondary school learners.

“This is to ensure that whatever knowledge gaps learners have are sufficiently arrested by the time the learner sits for the final matric examinations. The department aims to support Grade 12 learners through Saturday school sessions, holiday sessions and exam camps,” he said.

The Saturday and holiday sessions have already started and holiday camps are scheduled to take place later this year in preparation for the final examinations.

Already, the Department has implemented a total of 16 Maths, Science and Technology programmes through the SciBono Discovery Centre, to improve the performance of learners in these subjects.
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