Poor performing schools thrown lifeline

Parents, teachers, learners and government departments have united to help improve the pass rate of local matriculants (Photo submitted).

The Gauteng Department of Education district office and the Office of the Chief Whip in Ekurhuleni were also present.

Ekurhuleni ANC Chief Whip Clr Jongizizwe Dlabathi also recommitted himself to assisting in improving this year’s matric results.

This follows his visits to various schools around Ekurhuleni, where some of the schools’ performances had dropped.

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As a result, about 90 learners all across Ekurhuleni will be assisted in improving their marks in maths, science and accounting.

This will be done by ensuring that they are enrolled in the Ntsane Masiloane School Enrichment Programme (NMSEP), where they will be assisted in their studies.

Dlabathi’s first visit to Tlakula High School in KwaThema was last month, when he adopted the school and committed to help improve on its results.

The school has since appointed a new principal, William Matshinga.

Dlabathi says the plan is to continue to make gradual but steady progress in areas such as learner retention and performance in their subjects.

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He says this is also in line with the ANC’s aim to increase the number of bachelor’s passes and performance of learners in township schools so they can gain access to institutions of higher learning.

The founder of NMSEP, Ntsane Masiloane, says they appreciate the intervention by the Office of the Chief Whip in ensuring that learners are supported in acquiring great results and improving on their performance.

“We appreciate the fact that resources are now brought to township schools, unlike before where learners had to spend more money to be assisted,” says Masiloane.

At another school, Laban Motlhabi Comprehensive’s principal Orlando Mpatlanyane appreciates the initiative, saying he believes the project will assist learners a great deal.

“Surely because on these subjects that are perceived or said to be difficult, learners will get extra tuition and this will definitely improve their results at the end of the year,” he says.

Meanwhile, learners and parents have also expressed their excitement about the programme.

Grade 12 learner from Laban Motlhabi Secondary School, Jessica Chiawu, says she is grateful to be part of this programme and promises to work hard to ensure that she scores good results.

The learners will be supported in maths, science and accounting from Monday to Friday and Saturdays at Tlakula High in KwaThema, Daveyton and Katlehong.

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