Advancing excellence in quality education provision
The Mpumalanga Department of Education commits to work with its stakeholders to
promote effective teaching and learning through good governance, capable management
and proficient leadership
Since 2001, the department has been shifting its focus from establishing broad policy and
governance structures and stabilisation of the education system, to improving access,
quality and equity. Recent policy pronouncements from the Presidential State of the
Nation Address point to the centrality of Education in driving an accelerated and shared
economic growth. 2015/2016 financial year was the beginning of a new 5 Year Cycle
2015 – 2020 whereby the focus will be on implementing the National Development Plan
through the priorities as outlined Medium Term Strategic Framework 2014 -2019 of
In order to achieve the outcome of improved quality of basic education, there will be a
focus on improving the quality of teaching so that results improve, as measured by
internationally benchmarked tests. Targets have been set for the improvements in results
at various grades over time. In order to achieve this, we will be providing all schools with
appropriate learner and teacher support materials such as lesson plans, workbooks and
textbooks, to ensure proper coverage of the curriculum. Curriculum coverage and the
utilisation of these resources will be closely monitored as this is part of the nonnegotiables
for the sector. The monitoring of the implementation of the Curriculum and
Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) in both General Education Training (GET) and
Further Education Training (FET) phases of the system will be prioritised. Some children
live far away from school. Others need special education and local schools may not offer
this, and many are from poor homes. To achieve this we will continue to make the
number of no-fee schools available and to increase feeding schemes to assist children
from poor families.
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