Retired teachers brought in to mentor underperforming Eastern Cape schools

OCTOBER 22, 2016

With the 2016 Matric Examinations well underway and the Eastern Cape again hoping to improve on last year's results, the Eastern Cape Department of Education (ECDOE) on Friday announced that well-experienced retired teachers had been roped in to mentor some 560 under-performing schools in the province.

The former teachers gathered in East London at the Education Leadership Institute on Thursday to sign their contracts. 

In support of the program, Acting Superintendent General SizakeleNetshilaphala said, "I want to appreciate your willingness to take part in the mentoring program; this is just another chance for you to do it even better."

Chris Mona, from ETDP - SETA, which is in partnership with the ECDoE on the project, explained the process leading up to and through the mentoring program.

Mona said, "SETA is funding this program, for the 141 officials that will be taking part in it. This program will commence on the 1st of November 2016 and will be a 15-month program. SETA will be expecting a monthly report from each mentor, which needs to be handed in on the 20th of each month."

He said he was very supportive to the mentors, by saying, "We as SETA are very grateful to the provincial office for having such a program. We are so happy to be a part of it. We are very much excited to be a part of this intervention.

"After 15 months, we want to see an impact.

"Your role is to mentor, coach, assist, support and lead by example, we are relying on you, you are our hope for the Eastern Cape. Lead with your experience." 

In his speech, Eastern Cape Education MEC, Mandla Makupula, said; "The province has been doing investment on different generations. We asked ourselves, why we can’t call on the experienced."

Makupula went on to say that the curriculum is the core business of the department, "which you all know too well, so please plough back into our schools, this is called community reinvestment".

He advised mentors to go to their respective schools with a positive attitude as "The best teacher is the one that is willing to learn".

Receiving the mentors, Acting Chief Director of Institutional Management, Development and Governance, Kwedinana Tshwentshwe, said that "We have assembled a noble army together here today, and you are the 1stsenior citizens to heed to the call. Well done."