MEC Kholwane says education is not only a tool that shapes the mind of the learners to be selfreliant in the ever changing social and economic environment, but is also a vital component of a life process that all children must go through, so that, through what they gain from it, they can contribute towards building a better society for the current and future generations. Kholwane echoed these profound words of wisdom during the three (3) days Mpumalanga Executive Council’s Schools Re-opening and Readiness Programme.
The Schools Re-opening and Readiness Programme is an annual programme whereby public representatives and government officials are deployed to primary and secondary schools across the Province to encourage learners to do better in their studies. This noble programme is a direct response to the clarion call by government to put education at the apex of its priorities.
MEC Eric Kholwane visited Hoerskool Lydenburg, Lesodi Primary Mashishing and Coromandel Primary School.
“The fact that more than 40 percent of the provincial budget is allocated to the education sector is a clear indication that the Province takes education very seriously. The provincial government will continue to provide the necessary resources from the available financial resources to match the societal expectations for and to enable the learners to get basic education”, said the MEC to the applause of learners and teachers.
Of importance, this Programme affords the schools an opportunity to raise the challenges they are faced with, which may lead to poor performance. It is also through this Programme that the deployed public representatives ascertain schools’ readiness right at the beginning of the school calendar year.
Amongst other things, the deployed were charged with the responsibility to ensure that the following non-negotiables are in place and ready:
- Readiness of the schools
- School budget
- Governance of the school
- Learning material
- Nutrition programme
- School Code of Conduct in place
- Schools Maintenance Plan
- Human Resource Development
- Understanding of roles and responsibilities by School Governing Bodies
MEC Kholwane also took this opportunity to encourage learners to focus their energies in education, saying education is the only way to break the shackles of poverty. I appeal to leaners to allow the educators to guide them to a brighter future which is lurking ahead of them. Concluded MEC Kholwane