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Supporting school principals to monitor and use the resources provided through the MST Grant

The Maths, Science and Technology (MST) Conditional Grant Unit is currently conducting meetings with principals of the schools that are supported by the grant. The purpose of these meetings with principals is to familiarise them with the goal, impact and purpose; procurement procedures; roles and responsibilities; and reporting mechanisms related to the implementation of the grant. In addition to the above, the meetings are also designed to support schools in the efficient and meaningful utilisation of the resources supplied to them.

Meetings have taken place in Vryburg, Klerksdorp, Mafikeng and Rustenburg in the North West Province and at the Cape Teaching and Learning Institute (CTLI) in Kuils River in the Western Cape Province between July and August 2016. A total of 142 school principals attended these orientation meetings where they were also supplied with planning and reporting templates, including the minimum specifications for the procurement of resources for Maths, Science and Technology subjects.

Mr Enoch Mchiza, who is the Grant Manager from the DBE, indicated that all school principals are appreciative of the support provided by the grant. However, it has been noted that the utilisation of the resources by schools is not adequate and Mr Mchiza is concerned about the continuing provision of resources such as Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to schools without the full adoption and utilisation thereof by teachers; as teachers are the main players in the pursuit for improvement of learning and teaching in the classroom.

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