The Department of Basic Education this week said it had long developed a stable system to develop school children.
The department was defending itself against last week’s International Race Relations(IRR) critique that it was failing children in public schools.
The department said high levels of access to the public schooling system, and progress in the equitable allocation of funding characterised its achievements.
“We concede that despite the notable stability of, and improvements in our system, much more needs to be done in the areas of efficiency and quality, especially in terms of learning outcomes for children from a previously disadvantaged background,” said Minister Angie Motshekga.
She said the department had made a great effort in re-positioning and realigning the basic education sector and to the national development plan (NDP).
“The re-positioning and realignment will continue to focus on accountability imperatives throughout the system,” she said.
Motsheka said credible data, information and research continued to help the department identify inefficient co-ordination.
“There is tangibly more understanding and cooperation within the basic education sector – among officials, partners, business, organised labour, and other stakeholders.”
She said her department had prioritised the implementation of targeted interventions to improve the quality of learning and teaching.
“Our work with the select and portfolio committees on education, on oversight and support in the sector, is critical. This has led us to examine more closely the alignment of plans and programmes and the broader sector against our national development goals.
“The review of the basic education law has commenced and will ensure that our schools are institutions which will assist the government in its effort of building democracy and social cohesion.”
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