The Gauteng Education Department says it is turning the tide in township schools. MEC Barbara Creecy says 91 such schools have achieved a matric pass rate of over 80%. This compares well with Gauteng's overall pass rate of just over 81% and the national rate of 70%.
However, Soweto schools have dragged the province down with the Johannesburg Central District performing the worst.
Creecy says that the District performance is stabilizing with some districts performing at over 80%. However, she singled out Johannesburg Central District as the worst performing at 68%.
This district that includes Soweto schools has performed below the provincial and national averages. Last year, Creecy paid special attention to the schools here calling a 'Soweto Summit' which brought together all education stakeholders in the area.
Although, the school year was stable in Soweto there were disruptions at Meadowlands High School but they did not spread to other schools.
it is clear that better interventions are needed to push this area forward
Creecy says that it is clear that better interventions are needed to push this area forward.
Meanwhile, the National Freedom Party spokesperson Nhlanhla Khubisa says that they are disappointed with the drop in KwaZulu-Natal's pass rate from almost 71 to just above 68%.
Professor Khubisa says the department must equip teachers with skills especially in mathematics and science. Khubisa went on and said that they as NFP note that in KZN particularly there is a decrease of results and that this is a matter of concern to them.
“We want to say to the minister that we are not happy at all. But what we note in rural areas in particular there is a lack of teaching aids, resources are not there, the equipment is not there, especially the maths and science teachers are not well qualified. And we also do note that the department is failing to attract well qualified teachers especially in the rural areas,” he added.