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  1. Priorities for the next five years Council of Education Ministers 16 February 2004

  2. Highlights 1994 - 2004 • Dismantled the apartheid structures & established a single system • A more equitable distribution of resources in favour of the poor • A stable system with virtually no industrial action • A framework for the provision of free education for the poor • Curriculum reform and improving quality • Developing un-/underqualified teachers

  3. Highlights 1994 - 2004 • Increased access with 98% of children of school-going age in schools • Increased learner performance in Grade 12 – from 53% in 1995 to 73% in 2003 • Learner: classroom ratios dropped from 43: 1 to 38:1 • Number of learners without water & sanitation decreased

  4. Challenges • Literacy rates are still low amongst the 24 – 65 year old group • ABET - Uptake is low, drop out ratea are high and success rates are low • Number of learners with good Maths & Science passes low • Increasing crimes committed against children – indication of weak social fabric • Flow through between FE and HE low

  5. Government priorities • Emphasis on the second economy “which economy constitutes the structural manifestation of poverty, underdevelopment and marginalisation in our country” (President Mbeki, SON 2004) • Work vigorously to: • Consolidate the work that we have been doing targeting poverty • Increase the pace of delivery in areas that are weak so we do not regress • Package service delivery by collaborating with other government departments to improve efficiency

  6. Implications for education • Continue working together with education communities in improving quality of education – Tirisano • Identify key levers for education to respond to these challenges • Focus will be on: • Dealing with poverty • Skills development • Quality education • Health and education • Institutional capacity development

  7. Dealing with poverty • Develop a school uniform policy • Investigate the “basic” minimum package to relieve the poorest 40% of learners from paying school fees • Investigate other options such as transport subsidies, boarding allowance etc • Ammend the Funding Norms: • A national resource targeting table • Compensate schools catering for the poorest • Food security • NSNP • Food gardens

  8. Skills development • Improve ABET delivery • Quality and relevance of programmes • Partner with DoL, SETAs and NGOs • Improve uptake, retention and success rates in ABET programmes • Literacy campaign in the next five years • Deepen and widen Maths & Science Strategy • Schools of Focused Learning • DoE/DoL leadership role in NQF implementation • Increase NSFAS – ring fence for scarce skills

  9. Quality in education • Implement Integrated Quality Management System • DAS, WSE • Finalise teacher development strategy • Roll-out of ICTs for teaching and learning • Roll-out of NCS at Grades 10 to 12 • Strengthen ACE, NPDE • Delivery of infrastructure • Values in education – social cohesion • Sports, arts and culture • Quality in higher education

  10. Health and education • Locate our HIV/AIDS programmes within the broader health issues • Continue mitigating the spread of HIV/AIDS • Role of nutrition in prolonging life • A focus on reproductive health • Health of children – eyes and ears

  11. Institutional capacity • Technical assistance to HE mergers • Suppor FET institutions implement their strategic plans • Management & governance training • District development to support schools • Improve capacity at provincial and national offices