Systemic Approach Improves Education

Cathy Labuschagne MPP

DA Western Cape spokesperson for Education in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament

Today, 4 September 2012, the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) briefed the Standing Committee on Education on the improvements made to the School Improvement Plans, in the Western Cape Legislature. As DA spokesperson on Education in the Western Cape I welcome the evolution of this management system.

Whereas previously, the School Improvement Plans and School Annual Reports were done on paper and only saw a compliance rate of 73%, the new system is accessible online and has accomplished a 100% compliance rate. The systemic approach runs on a three-year cycle and is linked to the Department’s Action Plan 2014.

The School Improvement Plan not only enables schools to improve their internal capacity to correctly set and asses targets; but this systemic assessment also enables the Department to effectively monitor progress in order to improve education outcomes and to ensure quality education provision for the entire Western Cape.

Though the School Improvement Plan is still in its early phases, it promises to be an effective and efficient management tool. I implore all schools to ensure earnest and proper compliance as responsiveness requires reliable source date.I thank the Department for their never ending dedication to realise quality education provision in our province. This was further attested by the Department’s presentation on Dinaledi Main Schools in the Western Cape.

Whilst the Dinaledi Main Schools is a national programme, the WCED designed an imaginative concept, called the Incentive School. It provides schools with potential for progress with additional resources to enjoy Dinaledi status in the future, if they meet the requirements. Currently, the WCED has 46 Dinaledi Main Schools and 24 Dinaledi Incentive Schools.

I applaud the aims of these schools to improve the participation and performance of learners in Mathematics and Physical Science. Their goal to become hubs of excellence has already been strengthened by important investments in Mathematics kits, ICT laboratories, as well as televisions and computers for educational purposes. I eagerly await the results achieved by these schools.

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