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Matatiele stakeholders call for Education Indaba to fast-track quality matric results

Matatiele Local Municipality Mayor, Cllr Momelezi Mbedla has urged education stakeholders to put in more effort for better matric results in 2017. He said this during a stakeholder engagement convened by Matatiele Local Municipality today, that seek to assess the 2016 Matric results and the state of education in the Maluti District.

The objectives of this engagement were to provide a platform for education stakeholders to share views on key challenges facing the education sector. Deliberations were made on the current decline of the district in educational attainment, regression in the matric results. Stakeholders had to identify and agree on key interventions to overcome the challenges and address the decline in educational attainment – thus a call for an education indaba.

During his welcome address, His Worship Mbedla shared his dream of Maluti District achieving the very best matric results in 2017 and going forward. He has pledged the municipality’s readiness to provide support needed to improve the quality of education in our schools. “As the Municipality we want to be ahead of the rest of the country with the best matric results ever. Despite being a deep- rural district we want to prove that quality results have nothing to do with modern lives. It only requires dedication and commitment,” he said.

Maluti district came 2nd in Cluster A. Mr Moses Sefoloko from the Department of Education in Maluti shared the Matric pass rate dating back from 2014. The graphs show an upward trend. In 2015 the district received 55.90% and 62% for 2016. St Monicas and King Edward High School attained a 100% pass rate. Nyaniso, Mvenyane & Mosa Sibi high schools represented the cream of the crop from the Previously Disadvantaged Institutions. A total number of 468 Bachelors, 547 Diplomas and 306 Higher Certificates were attained in the district. 

More than 15 schools were listed among the worst performing schools including Mothibisi SSS, Phumelele Comprehensive Tech and Moshesh SSS. The forum also congratulated Raeeng Moso from Tholang SSS for being the top achiever from the Historically Disadvantaged Institutions (HDI) in the District. Gugushe Khanya Thato from Tholang SSS a top performing leaner in the District and Marwanqana Anelisa, a Quintile 1 category top learner, provincial top Three HDI and provincial top learner in IsiXhosa Home Language. These learners will be honoured in style by the Matatiele Local Municipality and the Department of Education on Friday, 20 January 2017. 

Mr Sefoloko said ‘the district will intensify the close monitoring and support of underperforming schools and educators this year. There will be improvement plans and target setting. All these will sustain the results and give upward mobility,” he said.

Delegates including the Department of Education, Traditional Leaders, SADTU, NEHAWU, NAPTOSA, DEF SGB Unit and the Youth Council, were part of the engagement. Stakeholders were encouraged to support the culture of learning. “This is not a one-man show. Let us all join hands and support our learners and teachers for the benefit of our province and the entire country,” appealed Cllr Mbedla.

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