State of schools in the spotlight

Skole Nuus / School News

As schools opened on January 17, 2018 in the Northern Cape, authori-ties including the MEC of Education Pauline Williams accompanied by her head of department Tshepo Pharasi, said that educators and learners should not waste time.
This statement comes in the wake of an upward trend of matric results obtained in the district.
In her candid address to the community, Ms Williams said that the department is mo-nitoring the state of schools in the region, as well as acclimatising with the community. “We are indeed pleased by the upward ma-tric results trend in the John Taolo Gaetse-we region. It goes without saying that the district director and his team are doing a sterling job to ensure that there is some rising consistency in the pass rate.
“We applaud the multifaceted approach by different stakeholders to ensure that our score sheet in terms of results in the district
remains improving,” she said.
Not only did the delegation look at the ac-ademic results, but they were also con-cerned about the state of some schools where the infrastructure looked very old and seemed forgotten by the relevant au-thorities.
Responding to the media over some schools which were seemingly a threat in terms of their state of disrepair, Ms Williams was bold enough to state that the monitor-ing and evaluation being undertaken were precisely targeting such schools in the re-gion and the province at large.
She said that Bosele Middle School is one such good example that had been prioriti-sed because of its bad state. The paint of the school is peeling off and the building itself is telling another story with the rotten roofing asking whether or not the depart-ment is seeing its advanced age. The resi-dent chief also raised the befitting concern about the school.