Minister of Basic Education, Mrs Angie Motshekga, with the Deputy Minister Mr Enver Surty held the first meeting of the Council of Education Ministers of the new administration after national general elections. The Department of Basic Education (DBE) presented the Basic Education Sector plan 2014 -2019, which aligned the updated sector plan to the National Development Plan (NDP), Vision 2030, as well as the Medium Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) and ministerial priorities.
The Council of Education Ministers have condemned the protest action in some communities that results in disruptions to schooling. The protests had a direct impact on schools even though the issues raised were not related to education.
Common plans and priorities presented by Provincial Education Departments:
- Improved quality of teaching and learning through development, supply and effective utilisation of teachers.
- Provision of adequate, quality infrastructure and Learning and Teaching Support Materials (LTSM).
- Tracking of learner performance through reporting and analysis of the Annual National Assessment (ANA) at Grade 3,6 and 9 level and improving ANA over time to ensure appropriate feedback to learners and teachers and to benchmark performance over time.
- Expanded access to Early Childhood Development and improvement of the quality of Grade R.
- Strengthening accountability and improving management at school, community and district level.
- Partnerships for education reform and improved quality.
All MECs committed to working together to achieve their targets. Only quality and efficiency would underpin the work of the departments during this term.