Premier to inspect one of the schools involved in the 2014 Matric group copying scandal

JANUARY 21, 2015

On Thursday, Eastern Cape Premier, Phumulo Masualle, is expected to visit Mathumbu Senior Secondary School in Dutywa, which is one of the schools affected by the non-release of matric results due to allegations of cheating by leaners as he inspects provincial schools on their readiness for the 2015 academic year.

He is also expected to join Eastern Cape Rural Development and Agrarian Reform MEC, Mlibo Qoboshiyane; Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister, Senzeni Zokwana, and Rural Development and Land Reform Deputy Minister, Mcebisi Sikwatsha, at the re-opening of the Tsolo Agriculture and Rural Development Institute (TARDI) in Tsolo.

The re-opening which will kick-start three-year agricultural diploma's will start off with the dipping and castration of livestock as well as the handing over of a veterinary clinic donated by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to the Institute.

TARDI has been processing student applications from interested students some of whom have since been admitted to study at the Institute.

Similar visits

These visits follow similar events which the Eastern Cape Provincial Government held to ensure that learners and teachers across the province are ready for this academic year.

On Wednesday, Premier Masualle led the Provincial Executive Council (EXCO) on a ‘back to school campaign’ in the Nelson Mandela Bay region.

"The back to school outreach has been structured in a manner that normal schooling is not disturbed. The Premier and EXCO ... [had a] brief engagement with the School Management Team (SMT)," the Premier's office said.

The Premier's office said the visit to the schools dealt with key issues such as school transformation processes (existence of school governance structures), provision of 2015 leaner support material, eradication of mud structures, provision of school nutrition and scholar transport, and funding of the school being discussed.

The Premier and Education MEC also addressed teachers and learners during assembly before engaging with the School Governing Body (SGB).

"The meeting with the SGB [discussed] critical policy matters that may contribute to the well-functioning of schools," the Premier's office said.

The office said the Premier and EXCO members will be expected to adopt and support a school in this current financial year.

"The school should be supported such that there is improvement on a wide range of areas, as they might have been identified during the engagement with the SMT and SGB."

The back to school campaign will end on Friday.

Photo caption: On Thursday, Eastern Cape Premier, Phumulo Masualle, is expected to visit Mathumbu Senior Secondary School in Dutywa, which is one of the schools affected by the non-release of matric results due to allegations of cheating by leaners as he inspects provincial schools on their readiness for the 2015 academic year.