Task team report on education welcomed

Cape Town - Teachers’ unions and education experts have welcomed a task team report which examined the standard of the national senior certificate and calls for major changes to ensure matriculants are better prepared for future study and employment.

They now look forward to discussions with Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga into how the recommendations can best be implemented. Some conclusions drawn by the task team were:

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga. File picture: Bongiwe Mchunu. Credit: INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS

South African Democratic Teachers’ Union general secretary Mugwena Maluleke said: “We welcome the engagement that we will have with the minister to discuss real issues which affect education.”

Maluleke questioned the value of a possible Grade 9 exit certificate.

The task team’s recommendations included:

Basil Manuel, president of the National Professional Teachers Organisation of SA, said: “We welcome them and would like to see them seriously considered and implemented.

Manuel was particularly in favour of the recommendations surrounding a need for vocational schooling.

Tim Gordon, chief executive of the Governing Body Foundation, said the report’s attention to detail was “encouraging”.

The Department of Basic Education said on Sunday it had received the report.

“The ministerial task team has submitted the report and we are studying it.”