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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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School curriculum in South Africa to be scrutinised

“In the coming months public hearings will be held into South Africa’s schools curriculum as it remains the subject of endless complaint”, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said recently.

“Investigations and public hearings will be held on this matter in the next four months, to make sure that areas of further work and interventions are identified. These will then be addressed once and for all within the coming months and years”, Motshekga told MPs in her department’s budget vote.

To read more go to IOL’s article “Curriculum under scrutiny” by Clicking Here!

Angie Motshekga appointed as Minister of Basic Education

Mrs Angelina Matsie “Angie” Motshekga (born 19 JuneMotshekga  1955) has been appointed as Minister of Basic Education by the South African president elect Mr Jacob Zuma.  She is the Deputy Chair: ANC Gauteng, a Member of the Executive Council of the Gauteng Provincial Education Department, ANC Member of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature,  and Deputy Secretary of the ANC Women’s League. She holds a Masters degree in Education from the University of the Witwatersrand. For more information on her go to 24.com Who’s who by Clicking Here!