Friday, November 27, 2009

Calls for submissions to improve basic education

By Ofentse Mokae
27 November 2009

Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Basic Education is calling for submissions that will lead to the development and enhancement of basic education in the country.

The call is also aimed towards the delivery of, and challenges facing, quality education in South Africa.

This is after the committee noted areas of concern, particularly with regard to equal access to quality education by all categories of learners and questionable levels of learning outcomes.

The Committee is now calling for written submissions on aspects affecting quality outcomes in primary and high schools.

Among the aspects are curriculum content, teacher development and class size.

Submissions are also invited on the issue of access to education.

“This pertains to such issues as geographic location of schools and infrastructure; language barriers; homeless children/orphans; children in trouble with the law and education in prisons and inclusive education,” the committee said in a press statement.

Through these submissions, the Committee aims to obtain first-hand information on the pressure points and to find mutual solutions that would make positive contribution towards improving areas of concern within the basic education system.

Submissions should be sent to Mr Llewellyn Brown secretary to the committee.

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