Basic Education Minister, Mrs Angie Motshekga, hosted a media briefing in Pretoria on 08 March 2019, to reflect on the developments in the Basic Education Sector since the current administration took office during 2014. The Department used the briefing to inform South Africans about the outcome of the last sitting of the Council of Education Ministers (CEM), which discussed critical areas that needed thorough intervention in taking the education system forward.
In her address, Minister Motshekga said that the Sector has registered significant progress in terms of access, equity and redress. However, Minister Motshekga stated that CEM would still need to put shoulder to the wheel to ensure that every South African has access to quality basic education. “One important reflection of quality in the system is the increasing trend of bachelor passes achieved by learners in no-fee paying and fee paying schools since 2007. It is encouraging to see increases in the number of black African bachelor passes that almost entirely account for the overall improvement,” said Minister Motshekga.
Minister Motshekga further stated that CEM agreed that the policy on progression is critical because it assists the sector in retaining learners: “The 2018 National Senior Certificate (NSC) saw more than 100,000 progressed learners attaining a matric certificate, which granted young people options to either pursue a career at an institution of higher learning or enter into the corporate world. These are the learners that may otherwise have ended up dropping out of the system, but now they will have a chance at a brighter future”.
Minister Motshekga said that the current and upcoming administration would have to prioritise a number of aspects, including Early Childhood Development (ECD); the Fourth Industrial Revolution; Coding and Robotics Curricula; the Sanitation Appropriate For Education (SAFE) Initiative; School Safety; and care and support for vulnerable children.
“We reflected on 2030 and what the system needs to put in place to ensure that the Class of 2030 embodies the vision we have for our children. We have a massive body of research and clear plans for the next administration based on the work already started. We have prepared the soil for even more positive growth and improvement in the years to come,” the Minister concluded the briefing.
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