The Superintendent General for the North West Department of Education Mrs Stephinah Semaswe scheduled the 2020 Learner Performance Indaba for the 02nd of March at Milner Secondary School in Klerksdorp.

Responsible Departmental Officials for Curriculum Management and Delivery, Examination and Assessment, Institutional Development Services, Professional Support and Delivery, Subject Specialists, Deputy Directors Generals, Chief Directors, District Directors and Circuit Managers were invited to engage on Learner Performance Indaba.

In setting the tone for the Indaba, the Superintendent General, Mrs Semaswe explained that the 2020 Indaba was set up to reflect on the learner performance for 2019 and to develop strategies that will assists the department  to meet possible challenges of the current  school year. Furthermore it was arranged with the intention to align itself with the Six Administration and Sector priorities.

Mrs Stephinah Semaswe also explained that the Indaba was planned in line with ‘Ngwana Sejo o a tlhakanelwa Campaign‘ that was launched by honourable MEC Mmaphefo Matsemela recently and will improve learner attainment across all grades.

Learner performance indaba came few months after the Department was rated position three in the 2019 NSC Results, with just a slight margin of 0.4% to the Province that occupied the second position. According to the Superintendent General it is a clear indication that the rural province of North West can overtake all other provinces & occupy position one in the NSC Results.

Mrs Semaswe has highlighted that some of the observations affecting performance in the province are:

  • increasing number of progressed learners,
  • Gate keeping in lower grades,
  • Numbers of registered VS no wrote,
  • Decreasing subject enrolments etc.

In dealing with all the identified challenges or gaps, a design template was given to five strategic Hubs/Commissions to come up with possible strategic solutions to all problems affecting the curriculum in the Province.

The 5 Hubs/Commissions are:

  1. Dealing with Progression,
  2. Reading in the GET Band,
  3. Senior phase improvement,
  4. Managing school based assessment,
  5. Improving support and monitoring.

Author: tkhechane