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National Education Evaluation and Development Unit (NEEDU) launched

South African Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga officially launched the National Education Evaluation and Development Unit (NEEDU) in Pretoria recently and hailed it as a critical milestone in the journey towards quality education in South Africa.

NEEDU will be tasked with providing the Minister with an independent account of the state of schools and the development needs of the school education system through a monitoring and evaluation system.

The unit will also be responsible for identifying the factors that inhibit or advance school improvement; make recommendations for redressing the problem areas that undermine school improvement and to propose appropriate solutions to ensure that schools offer effective education for all learners.

Motshekga highlighted the fact that NEEDU will have the authority to conduct monitoring and evaluation of “schools, districts, provinces and the national department”.

“The entire system has to be monitored and evaluated in terms of how it is able or unable to support schools, learners, teachers, school managers, workers and parents,” Motshekga said.

“However, we emphasise schools because it is schools that are at the heart of our delivery. It is in schools where our main purpose for existence is. They are the most important unit in our work and the success of our sector should be judged by their performance and all our activities should be targeted at supporting schools and making them work.”

To read more on the Dept of Basic Education’s web site Click Here!

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4 Responses

  1. I wish to join this NEEDU organisation to learn more about evaluation & development process in education. I am an educator doing my Masters degree in Education. Thank you.

    • You will have top contact the government’s Department of Basic Education directly for more info on NEEDU. Their contact details are:
      Postal Address: Private Bag X895, Pretoria, 0001, or Tel no. 0800 202 933, or Tel no. 012 357 3000

  2. I would like to join NEEDU organisation to learn more about basic education curriculum development and evaluation for national transformation.I am at present teaching in a basic school.I need training.I also need some information on the above mentioned topic to help me now. Thank you.

    • Dear Cheren, NEEDU is a unit tasked with providing the Minister of Basic with an independent account of the state of schools and the development needs of the school education system through a monitoring and evaluation system. I do not know if one can become a member of NEEDU. The best will be to contact the government’s Dept of Basic Education directly for more info on NEEDU. Their contact details are:
      Postal Address: Private Bag X895, Pretoria, 0001, or Tel no. 0800 202 933, or Tel no. 012 357 3000

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