SUNDAY 02 MARCH 2020
MEC MSHENGU INSTRUCTS OFFICIALS TO A DOPT A SCHOOL
MEC Kwazi Mshengu has issued a directive to all officials of the department to adopt a school in order to strengthen support given to schools from grade R to grade 12. As part of this programme, DDGs, Chief Directors, and Directors are requested to identify a minimum of five (5) schools for adoption in any twelve (12) education districts. Chief Education Specialists, Heads of Circuit Management Centres, Deputy Chief Education Specialists, Deputy Managers and Assistant Managers are also urged to adopt a minimum of three (3) schools.
The objectives of this programme are to:
• To reinforce the notion of the classroom being at the epicentre of the administration
• Enhance monitoring of institutions
• Identify areas of weakness which warrants attention
• Detect areas of excellence which form the basis of models for good practices
• Facilitate a culture of accountability within the schooling system
• Improve learner outcomes in all grades
Schools that declined in 2019, schools that performed below 65% in 2019, schools that got 0%, small and non-viable schools, rural and township schools, are among the schools that are the target of this programme. There is a standard monitoring programme that has been developed for this exercise and the task team has been constituted to process reports for presentation to MECs Management Meetings (MMM).
“In each and every MMM, there is going to be a standing item to discuss the Adopt-A- School Programme. This is what we mean when we remind officials that regardless of their responsibilities in the department, whatever they do must directly impact on the classroom. I have also adopted several schools and I deliberately chose to adopt those schools that a dysfunctional,” said MEC Mshengu.