The Limpopo Department of Education has noted
an article in the Pretoria News newspaper that came out on Friday, 26 February
2021, titled: “MEC blames teachers for poor results.”
The headline is deemed misleading and seeks
to take out of context what was said by the MEC during an interview with the
journalist. MEC Boshielo has been consistent in her praise of all stakeholders
in the education sector, including teachers in their contribution towards
ensuring success of the National Senior Certificate Class of 2020, under the
most trying circumstances imposed by Covid-19.
During the announcement of the 2020 Matric
Examinations results held on 23 February 2021, the MEC is on record, having
applauded the hard work of educators that has seen the province achieve a pass
rate of 68,2 percent, taking the province to the 7th place in the national
ranking, two places above where the province was in 2019. The quality of
results in terms of bachelors has increased by 29.1% for the class of
While the province reduced the number of zero
percent schools from nine in 2019 to seven in 2020, she has expressed concern
around this number and has urged communities to work with the Department to
rationalize schools for quality delivery of teaching and learning.
These are mainly small enrolment schools that
are not educationally viable because they often have a small number of
educators who are usually not specialists in some of the critical senior phase
The performance of small schools is impacted
by several factors including communities that attach sentimental value to
schools based on who they are named after, irrespective of whether the school
is viable or not. Those opposing merger would include people who do not
have children at the school.
Schools are funded based on enrollment and
small schools such as these end up with resource challenges that make certain
enrichment programmes that are manageable in bigger schools difficult for them.
“We had accountability sessions with
individual circuit managers last year to get to the bottom of the challenges
that impacted on learner performance with schools that performed poorly.
Unfortunately we were disrupted by the Covid-19 lockdown when were just getting
to the level of principals. We are planning to continue with these sessions as
soon as possible this year, to allow us enough time to troubleshoot where
necessary before learners get the stage of assessment” said MEC Boshielo.
The MEC is on record and continues to
reiterate that given the difficult conditions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic,
schools in the province have done their very best to provide the necessary
curriculum support that has seen the class of 2020 performing in the manner it
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BY THE LIMPOPO DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION