Taking his cue from the Minister of Basic Education, Mrs AM Motshekga, MP, that in 2017 there should be two provincial engagements with school principals, district and provincial officials, the Director-General of Basic Education, Mr Hubert Mathanzima Mweli began the first phase of day-long meetings in February 2017. The aim of the engagements is mainly to provide detailed province specific analysis of both the 2015 Trends In Mathematics Science Study (TIMSS) report and the National Curriculum Statement 2016 results. The desired outcome is that the different layers in the education system will be able to use the analysis to develop credible plans to improve educational outcomes for their respective provinces.
Twenty-seven engagements are planned to reach all provincial and district officials; and both primary and secondary school principals across the nine provinces. In the next semester (Aug - Oct 2017), follow up engagements will take place with the same audience which will then deal with the state of readiness to determine progress made in implementing improvement plans.
The importance and impact of these engagements are not to be underestimated, as they serve to provide direction,
leadership, inspiration and a shared vision, geared towards improved quality education, at all levels of the system.