With a view of improving the level of education and instilling the culture of collaboration amongst pupils, teachers and parents for better learning, our district together with delegates from the KZN Legislature and the Department of Education visited three local schools in the Umzumbe area to monitor their functionality.
Over two days, we visited Oxolweni and KwaHlongwa Primary Schools and Mgamule High School to listen to the schools' shortfalls and find ways on how each school can be assisted to perform better. Also, best practises of the well-functioning schools were shared with other schools in an effort to improve their performance for better academic results in the end of the 2018 academic year.
Since the commencement of this programme some years ago, our interventions have yielded positive results in some schools which have seen improved pass rates over the years. Case in point is Dwalalesizwe High School under Ray Nkonyeni Municipality which has seen an impeccable improvement for 2017 academic year.
Ugu District Municipality has taken great interest in the improvement of education and we will continue to implement programmes that will assist learners from disadvantaged backgrounds and schools develop their level of education.
This milestone can only be achieved through the unreserved participation of Educators, our Teacher Unions, the Principals and their School Management Teams, School Governing Bodies, parents, the business community, politicians from all political formations, and all stakeholders who can effectively participate in ensuring that learners receive quality education in an environment conducive for the promotion of a culture of learning and teaching.
In the coming week, our municipality will be awarding bursaries to 45 tertiary students, some of whom are new beneficiaries who have excelled in their matric studies and some are returning tertiary students who have also performed exceptionally well in the first year of their career studies.
We have placed education at the apex of our priorities in moving our District forward and through education we will eventually conquer the triple challenges of Unemployment, Poverty and Inequality.
Cllr MA Chiliza , Mayor Ugu District Municipality