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South Africa: Council Looks to ICT to Improve Education
Source: www.sanews.gov.za
Source Date: Monday, October 27, 2014
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government
Country: South Africa
Created: Oct 27, 2014

The Basic Education Department used the council meeting to present a progress report on a revised Maths, Science and Technology (MST) strategy, which sets out clear targets for increasing the uptake of Maths by learners.

Minister Motshekga said the MST office is now fully operational and the department is working on ways to better utilise its resources to benefit MST education.

Minister Motshekga said the department is busy developing norms and standards, business processes and sector plans for grade specific curriculum management and support.

“This is to ensure that all the deliverables are executed in an efficient manner within the given timeframes that ensure accountability at all levels of the sector.”

The Minister said they would also continue to cultivate a reading culture in learners to improve literacy skills such and reading and writing proficiency.

She said her department is developing reading and writing norms and standards that will provide guidelines on the quantity of writing to be done per grade and what is expected in terms of reading ability.

“A plan is also being developed to improve library services in schools, with a specific focus on the Eastern Cape and Limpopo due to the lack of existing services in those provinces,” the Minister said.

Plans are underway to ensure that every child has a textbook in every subject per grade. The department has also started a process of profiling all teachers within the system.

According to the Minister, 75% of teachers have been profiled in terms of their professional information, subjects taught and subjects qualified to teach, among other information not currently available on PERSAL.

Funza Lushaka graduate allocations for provinces and districts for 2015 have also been sent to provinces for placement. The Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme is a multi-year programme that promotes teaching in public schools.
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