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The Ministry of Basic Education and South Africa’s top business leaders engaged with President Zuma to receive feedback on the National Education Collaboration Trust’s progress in its efforts to urgently and significantly assist government in its efforts to reform education in South Africa. The discussion also covered the significant level of funding already raised to this end by the private sector which has been matched by government –  and a reminder that their target is R500 million per annum.

At a lunch briefing at the Presidential Guesthouse in Pretoria on Friday morning, 22 August, President Jacob Zuma, the Minister of Basic Education and several other cabinet members met with some of Business Leadership South Africa’s (BLSA’s) key players, for feedback and dialogue on the progress of the National Education Collaboration Trust (NECT). The President thanked big business for committing to the Education Collaboration Framework (ECF) and its implementation via the NECT. He also applauded the private-sector funding already pledged to the project – BLSA has agreed to commit 0.004% of their member companies’ market capitalisation annually, over three years, to the first phase of the NECT, rising to 0.008% as the programme rolls out nationally. Government is matching this funding rand for rand. Unions and NGOs are enthusiastically supportive. It’s effectively an educational Codesa.

Zuma stressed that multi-stakeholder engagement was crucial to the NECT’s chances of success – while government is primarily responsible for managing the educational process, he conceded that the NECT, an independent trust managed jointly by a diverse, representative group of trustees was in a good position to give the Department of Basic Education the help it needs to fast track the rehabilitation process.

As a pilot programme to implement Chapter 9 of the National Development Plan (NDP), the aim is undeniably ambitious: to transform South Africa’s basic education system to the point where 90% of learners are achieving pass marks above 50% in language, core mathematics and science. The achievement of these goals will take a collaborative effort across society, which is why the NECT is based on dialogue and consensus between all stakeholders – government, business, teacher unions, NGOs, community, traditional and religious leadership, and parents (through school governing bodies). By collaborating on planning and implementation, each will contribute to overhauling the education environment and the quality of teaching and learning within their own areas of competence toward an agreed plan.

In the meeting it was discussed how these different competencies are already operating in the eight districts – comprising of  4 362 schools (18% of the national total) – in which the project is being rolled out first. The ECF identified six discernible themes for action by the NECT: teacher professionalisation, courageous leadership, improving state capacity to deliver quality education, improving school resourcing, parent and community involvement and learner welfare. By tackling each theme with practical, implementable programmes and securing the buy-in of teachers, government, business and civil society, the NECT has already proved itself more than a talk-shop.

There was healthy and frank discussion between business and government with the Minister of Basic Education, Mrs Angie Motshekga, reiterating the fact that the NECT has made huge strides in mobilising the private sector, as well as society and labour unions to take part in improving the quality of education in South Africa. 

President Zuma called on all the MECs and Ministers present to report back to him about what they have done to support the NECT in practical and tangible ways.  However, he also urged the assembled business leaders to continue BLSA’s drive to secure more committed funding. BLSA has set itself and its members a target of R200-R300 million in the initial, three-year phase of the NECT – funding that will be matched by government.  The NECT is managed and lead by an independent team of educationalists acting as a monitoring and evaluation board, to ensure that spending on interventions and training is as cost-effective as possible. This structure has boosted business confidence in the enterprise.

The bottom line, according to the President, is that fixing South Africa’s basic education system cannot be dismissed as “the government’s problem” by any serious business. This isn’t a case of feel-good gestures or the easing of social consciences – it’s an economic necessity. It is the centrepiece of the NDP. “We cannot grow the economy, or hope to provide economic opportunity to all our citizens, without radical improvement in the quality of education. Funding the NECT may count as corporate social investment, but it is really an investment in long-term business sustainability and economic stability.”

 

Parliamentary Questions 2006
 DateTitle 
9 Nov 2006OQ 338 NA learner support materials, 09 November 2006Download
9 Nov 2006OQ 352 NA violence at school stats, 09 November 2006Download
9 Nov 2006OQ 354 NA HE merger finance, 09 November 2006Download
9 Nov 2006OQ 368 NA teacher training, 09 November 2006Download
9 Nov 2006OQ 369 NA violence at school, 09 November 2006Download
9 Nov 2006OQ 370 NA HE merger cultures, 09 November 2006Download
3 Nov 2006WQ 1655 NA donations and sponsorship 2005/2006, 03 November 2006Download
3 Nov 2006WQ 1597 NA Regorile school in Limpopo, 03 November 2006Download
31 Oct 2006OQ 50 NCOP schools meals, 31 October 2006 Download
31 Oct 2006OQ 55 NCOP HE social work and palliative care, 31 October 2006Download
31 Oct 2006OQ 61 NCOP Free State school enrollment, 31 October 2006Download
27 Oct 2006WQ 1582 NA schools with a matric pass below 10%, 27 October 2006Download
20 Oct 2006WQ 1508 contract for Lethamaga Middle School, 20 October 2006Download
20 Oct 2006WQ 1509 alternative school in NW, 20 October 2006Download
20 Oct 2006WQ 1471 NA mother tongue instruction, 20 October 2006Download
20 Oct 2006WQ 1510 NA provision for victims of violence, 20 October 2006Download
13 Oct 2006WQ 1405 statutory bodies annual report costs, 13 October 2006Download
13 Oct 2006WQ 1447 NA HIV positive teachers, 13 October 2006Download
26 Sep 2006WQ 114 NCOP ECD funding, 29 September 2006Download
22 Sep 2006WQ 125 NCOP Free State computer contracts, 22 September 2006Download
22 Sep 2006WQ 1043 NA principals post vacancies, 22 September 2006Download
22 Sep 2006WQ 1346 NA HE palliative courses, 22 September 2006Download
22 Sep 2006WQ 1201 NA SMS performance contracts, 22 September 2006Download
22 Sep 2006WQ 1254 NA GEPF, 22 September 2006Download
22 Sep 2006WQ 1279 NA DoE and information act, 22 September 2006Download
22 Sep 2006WQ 1296 NA DoE and parties, 22 September 2006Download
20 Sep 2006OQ 246 NA HE multilingualism, 20 September 2006Download
20 Sep 2006OQ 190 NA learning materials, 20 September 2006Download
20 Sep 2006OQ 191 NA HRC report and disability, 20 September 2006Download
20 Sep 2006OQ 196 NA thabankhulu and infrastructure, 20 September 2006Download
20 Sep 2006OQ 214 NA Gerwel report on Afrikaans, 20 September 2006Download
20 Sep 2006OQ 223 NA teenage pregnancy policy, 20 September 2006Download
20 Sep 2006OQ 229 NA minimum teacher qualifications, 20 September 2006Download
15 Sep 2006WQ 92 NCOP Motsaalore school, 15 September 2006Download
15 Sep 2006WQ 1249 NA HE Afrikaans and multilingualism, 15 September 2006Download
15 Sep 2006WQ 1178 NA district offices,, 15 September 2006Download
15 Sep 2006WQ 95 NCOP HE world rankings and UCT, 15 September 2006Download
15 Sep 2006WQ 1176 provincial violence stats unreliable, 15 September 2006Download
12 Sep 2006WQ 1162 NA special schools and learner ratios, 12 September 2006Download
8 Sep 2006WQ 1139 NA buses and seat belts, 08 September 2006Download
1 Sep 2006WQ 1045 NA matric physical science passes and race, 01 September 2006Download
1 Sep 2006WQ 1046 NA matric by race 2004, 2005, 01 September 2006Download
1 Sep 2006WQ 1042 NA syllabus completion 2005, 01 September 2006Download
1 Sep 2006WQ 1095 NA DoE travel expenditure, 01 September 2006Download
25 Aug 2006WQ 993 NA infrastructure monthly reports, 25 August 2006Download
25 Aug 2006WQ 978 NA school transport, 25 August 2006Download
25 Aug 2006WQ 990 NA teacher training, 25 August 2006Download
24 Aug 2006WQ 994 NA matric districts, 24 August 2006Download
22 Aug 2006OQ 24 NCOP HIV referrals, 22 August 2006Download
22 Aug 2006OQ 23 NCOP safety at school, 22 August 2006Download
22 Aug 2006OQ 22 NCOP flooding, 22 August 2006Download
18 Aug 2006WQ 941 NA school meals, 18 August 2006Download
18 Aug 2006WQ 942 NA school infrastructure and disabled, 18 August 2006Download
18 Aug 2006WQ 943 NA school transport, 18 August 2006Download
16 Aug 2006OQ 89 NA open source, 16 August 2006Download
16 Aug 2006OQ 90 NA libraries in public schools, 16 August 2006Download
16 Aug 2006OQ 100 NA HRC report, 16 August 2006Download
16 Aug 2006OQ 101 NA smaller languages vs English, 16 August 2006Download
16 Aug 2006OQ 110 NA grade 10 FET, 16 August 2006Download
16 Aug 2006OQ 117 NA NATU and no fee-schools, 16 August 2006Download
11 Aug 2006WQ 902 NA schools less than 20%, 11 August 2006Download
11 Aug 2006WQ 885 NA HE and FET enrollment, drop-out, 11 August 2006Download
11 Aug 2006WQ 886 NA HE budget, 11 August 2006Download
11 Aug 2006WQ 904 NA HE VC remuneration report, 11 August 2006Download
11 Aug 2006WQ 907 NA NSFAS number percentage equity, 11 August 2006Download
11 Aug 2006WQ 927 NA HE and FET graduates and equity, 11 August 2006Download
11 Aug 2006WQ 903 NA licensing educators, 11 August 2006Download
11 Aug 2006WQ 893 NA grade completion 1-12, 11 August 2006Download
4 Aug 2006WQ 905 NA HE participation rate, 04 August 2006Download
4 Aug 2006WQ 874 NA no fee status for poorly performing, 04 August 2006Download
4 Aug 2006WQ 875 NA fee exemptions for poorly performing, 04 August 2006Download
4 Aug 2006WQ 868 NA poorly performing schools teacher qualifications, 04 August 2006Download
4 Aug 2006WQ 870 NA poorly performing schools classrooms, 04 August 2006Download
4 Aug 2006WQ 872 NA poorly performing schools infrastructure, 04 August 2006Download
4 Aug 2006WQ 873 NA poorly performing schools transport, 04 August 2006Download
4 Aug 2006WQ 876 NA poorly performing schools enrollment 8-12, 04 August 2006Download
4 Aug 2006WQ 877 NA poorly performing schools teacher learner ratio, 04 August 2006Download
4 Aug 2006WQ 855 NA dinaledi tender, 04 August 2006Download
4 Aug 2006WQ 839 NA DoE budget vote, 04 August 2006Download
4 Aug 2006WQ 809 NA DoE posts, 04 August 2006Download
4 Aug 2006WQ 867 NA poorly performing teachers and subjects, 04 August 2006Download
19 Jun 2006WQ 694 NA teacher graduates and their subjects, 19 June 2006Download
19 Jun 2006WQ 695 NA Provincial Personnel Expenditure, 19 June 2006Download
19 Jun 2006WQ 696 NA Teacher Improvement of Conditions, 19 June 2006Download
19 Jun 2006WQ 697 NA Unemployed Teachers, 19 June 2006Download
19 Jun 2006WQ 698 NA Teacher Vacant Posts, 19 June 2006Download
19 Jun 2006WQ 699 NA Teacher Graduates and Costs 1999-2004, 19 June 2006Download
19 Jun 2006WQ 702 NA Homicide and Rape Stats, 19 June 2006Download
19 Jun 2006WQ 703 NA Fee Exemptions, 19 June 2006Download
19 Jun 2006WQ 704 NA No-fee Schools, 19 June 2006Download
19 Jun 2006WQ 691 NA Drop outs from Schools, 19 June 2006Download
19 Jun 2006WQ 706 NA Schools and Facilities, 19 June 2006Download
19 Jun 2006WQ 700 NA Schools and Classrooms, 19 June 2006Download
19 Jun 2006WQ 701 NA Schools and Construction, 19 June 2006Download
19 Jun 2006WQ 693 NA teacher qualifications, 19 June 2006Download
19 Jun 2006WQ 705 NA HIV, 19 June 2006Download
19 Jun 2006WQ 692 NA teachers died dismissed retired hired, 19 June 2006Download
10 Mar 2006WQ 139 NA Drugs Policy, 10 March 2006Download
10 Mar 2006WQ 146 NA Research Equipment, 10 March 2006Download
10 Mar 2006WQ 169 NA HE Debt, 10 March 2006Download
17 Feb 2006WQ 110 NA Principals PE, 17 February 2006Download
17 Feb 2006WQ 127 NA Food Parcels FS, 17 February 2006Download
17 Feb 2006WQ 131 NA No-fee Schools in Alfred Nzo District Municipality, 17 February 2006Download
17 Feb 2006WQ 22 NA Road Safety, 17 February 2006Download
10 Feb 2006WQ 93 NA Special Schools Doug Whitehead, 10 February 2006Download
3 Feb 2006WQ 16 NA Systemic Evaluation, 03 February 2006Download
3 Feb 2006WQ 17 NA Unemployed Maths Teachers, 03 Februrary 2006Download
3 Feb 2006WQ 23 NA University Debt, 03 February 2006Download
3 Feb 2006WQ 32 NA Standardisation of Matric, 03 February 2006Download
3 Feb 2006WQ 42 NA Teachers Resigned Retired, 03 February 2006Download

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