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Instability and poor performance at Soweto schools is the subject of an educational summit planned for the township, which has 60 underperforming schools.
THE provincial department of education will examine instability and poor performance at Soweto schools at an educational summit in the township on 2 April.


Education MEC Barbara CreecySoweto has 60 underperforming schools, says Education MEC Barbara CreecyAccording to Barbara Creecy, the Gauteng education MEC, the summit will address issues including improving classroom teaching and learner performance, how to bring back a climate of discipline, safety and social cohesion in Soweto schools, ways of improving school governance and management, and ensuring a political climate that fosters a spirit of learning and teaching.

“The summit will be held against the backdrop of frequent disruption to learning and teaching in the township, the migration of several thousand learners out of school in the area to other areas in the province and widespread problems with governance, infrastructure, discipline and safety,” says Creecy.

This idea comes after the state of the province speech on 21 February, in which Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane said: “With Soweto’s rich history, we cannot allow it to lag behind in terms of the culture of learning and teaching … The education of the African child must be everybody’s business and concern.”

According to Creecy, instability was reflected in the academic performance of 2010. The matric pass rate for the year in Soweto was 63 percent while the provincial average was 79 percent. Even children from junior grades also manifest instability as well as poor performance.

Creecy adds that Soweto has 60 underperforming schools, a higher number than in other townships such as Sharpeville, Katlehong, Tembisa, Mamelodi, Soshanguve, Daveyton and Evaton, which each have 10 underperforming schools.

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