Statement on the meeting of the Council of Education Ministers held in Pretoria on 24 November 2014, 25 November 2014

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga hosted the final Council of Education Ministers (CEM) for the year in Pretoria yesterday (24th November). CEM comprises of the Minister, the Deputy Minister and all provincial MEC’s who discuss critical matter affecting the Education sector.

The meeting received reports on the state of infrastructure roll out and progress in the implementation of the Norms and Standards for school infrastructure. The also received a progress report on the roll out of ICT in schools, a process which will be dealt with using Governments operation Phakisa. As well as preparations towards the School Governing body elections to be held across the country next year.

Among the matters discussed with Education Ministers in Pretoria yesterday was the implementation of recommendations contained in the National Senior Certificate Ministerial Task Team report. Heads of Education Departments made recommendations to CEM on a number of the recommendations emanating from the report, those included Life Orientation and Technical Mathematics. CEM agreed that raising the pass mark for the NSC must be considered as part of improving the quality of education in South Africa, it was agreed that this should be done incrementally. Further details on the implementation of the report are still to be finalized, and recommendations that have major policy implications will be processed through further consultation and investigation.

CEM also took a decision that the publishing of individual Grade 12 learners’ results should be reviewed. However, the Ministers resolved that the results for this year would still be published in newspapers this year, but will only reflect the learners ID and exam numbers. The decision follows a recommendation of the Task Team that the practice of publishing the names of the individual learners in the newspapers should be reviewed. Read More…

Source: Department of  Basic Education

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