During 2010 the Minister of Basic Education, Mrs Angie Motshekga, declared that there would be a plan for schools in South Africa called Action Plan to 2014, and that this would form part of a larger vision called Schooling 2025. It is important that you as a South African should know about the Action Plan, and Schooling 2025, especially if you are a parent or guardian of a learner in a school, if you yourself are a learner, or if you are a teacher or a school principal. The plan is important because it tells you what the government will be doing to make Grades R to 12 schooling better, but also because it explains how you yourself can contribute towards making the goals of the plan and Schooling 2025 a reality.
This Action Plan explains the 27 national goals that lie at the heart of the plan. Thirteen of these goals are output goals dealing with better school results and better enrolment of learners in schools. The remaining 14 goals deal with things that must happen for the output goals to be realised. The goals do not capture everything we must do, but experience has shown that for a plan to work it is important to identify a few key goals that can guide everyone. For all the goals in the plan, it is explained what government is doing and it is explained what you can do to contribute towards success in South Africa's schools.
There are two parts to the Action Plan to 2014:
- The Shorter version, labelled Part A, is intended for a wide audience including all teachers, school principals, and school governing bodies.
- The Long version of the plan, Part B, contains more details, for example further details on how goals will be achieved, details on how improvements will be monitored, and what the exact national and provincial targets are for each goal. The long version includes not just the targets we want to achieve by 2014, but also the targets we want to reach by 2025 as part of the Schooling 2025 vision.
If you or your organisation believes that the plan can be made better, you are encouraged to send inputs to the address indicated at the end of this document and to watch for notices in the media for Action Plan and Schooling 2025 stakeholder meetings. The Action Plan may have to change before 2014, as new challenges are identified and lessons are learnt, and for this process stakeholder participation is vital.