By Khume Ramulifho MPL, DA Gauteng Shadow MEC of Education:
The DA believes that Gauteng Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi, must set performance targets with each individual principal, teacher and school throughout the province.
All teachers must know what is expected of them and must be assessed based on what they have achieved.
More importantly teachers who perform well and meet their targets should be incentivised and those who fail must face the music.
We note with concern the MEC’s threats to fire all principals of the schools which performed poorly in the 2015 matric results.
To do so would be unfair as there were no agreement entered into before the results were announced.
Instead, MEC Lesufi must take responsibility to redress structural challenges facing the Gauteng education system.
He should start by implementing a performance management process to achieve quality education goals in the province, such as in the Western Cape – and improve individual career development in the process.
Equally the department must take responsibility for overcrowded classrooms, lack of furniture, the skewed learner-educator ratio, as well as poor subject knowledge of teachers and general teacher development programmes.
Only once the necessary support is provided and shortcomings addressed, will the department be able to take steps against poor performing teachers and principals.
As is the case in the Western Cape, such a system motivates individuals to excel, and rewards and incentives are awarded based on performance, rather than political or union affiliation.
The sooner MEC Lesufi implements performance monitoring and evaluation systems, the sooner the quality of Gauteng’s education will improve, allowing learners the opportunity to be the best they can be.