Education is everybody’s business – Gina

Herman Muller from Hoërskool Richardsbaai receives the Top School award from District Director David Chonco

EDUCATING the nation should not be the sole responsibility of educators.

All stakeholders, including parents and the community, must be intimately involved.

This was the view of the Chairperson of Basic Education Portfolio Committee, Nomalungelo Gina, speaking at the Department of Education King Cetshwayo District Achievement Awards held last week at the eSikhaleni TVET College.

Liezl Els from St Catherine’s receives an award from KZN’s DoE HOD, Dr Vusi Nzama

She expressed her displeasure about what she termed as the ‘little recognition’ that educators receive, despite their hard work.

‘I know that when we look at the education system, we only focus on the teachers, forgetting that all of us need to play our roles. As a Member of Parliament and from travelling throughout the country, I can safely say there is so much that has been done in this district, despite numerous challenges that go with being a rural district.

We must look at the whole education system, from Grade 1 to matric level.’

Guest speaker Nomalungelo Gina hands over a trophy, certificate and laptop to Veloo Govindsamy of BirdsView Academy

Review

She called for the review of some clauses in the SA Schools Act, saying it contributes in putting educators’ lives at risk, who she said must be protected at all times.

She said the district had every right to celebrate its matric achievements in 2016.

The district achieved a 63% pass rate in last year’s matric results.

Speaking at the same event, District Director David Chonco said at least a 70% pass rate was the aim this year.

Nick Bulunga from Tronox hands over a certificate to Sanelisiwe Khumalo of Dumezweni Secondary

Among the top achievers honoured were Hoërskool Richardsbaai, which received a certificate and trophy for being the top school in the district.

Other top achievers with a 100% pass rate were eShowe High School, St Catherine’s and BirdsvView Academy.

Other awards included the Best Learner in Maths and Science, which went to Mthokozisi Ntsele of Dumezweni Secondary School.

RBCT’s Judith Nzimande and Foskor’s Thembile Jobe award Dr Vusi Sikhosana of Richards Bay Circuit with a certificate for Best Performing Circuit

The Best Overall Pass Learner prize went to Nqobile Mngomezulu of Dlangezwa High School, while the Director’s Award for Most Consistent School went to eShowe High.

The Most Improved School (a pass rate from 20% to 80%) went to Sizwe Sonke Junior Secondary School, the Best Performing Circuit Award went to Richards Bay High, the Best Performing Circuit Management Cluster went to Ngwelezana Circuit.

Empangeni High School’s Zelma Matthee displays her school’s certificate

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