BACK UP: Premier Thandi Modise and provincial legislature speaker Supra Mahumapelo share a moment at the state of the province address on Friday. Picture: Elfas Torerai
Premier Thandi Modise has indicated the 30% pass mark for subjects in matric last year was not good enough.
In her state of the province address on Friday, Modise said education remained top priority and needed a rethink.
She has vowed to have maths and science teachers in the province re-trained to produce pupils equipped to face challenges at institutions in industry.
Her remarks came on the back of poor annual national assessment (ANA) results that ranked North West the worst in terms of performance in numeracy and literacy for grades 3, 6 and 9.
However the province did record consistent improvement in Grade 12 results since 2009.
The results in the past four years increased from 67.51% to 75,7% then to 77,8% and 79.5 % .
“One of the challenges highlighted in the 2012 ANA is that we are the worst in the country when it comes to literacy and numeracy in grades 3, 6 and 9. In the next financial year, we will work hard to improve,” she said.
Modise said that part of the intervention would be the re-training. The premier also indicated there was need to revisit sanitation and other areas.
“In addressing challenges of sanitation in schools, I’m happy to announce that the premier’s special projects will be commencing with the sanitation programme as a matter of urgency.
“We will continue to provide schools with the requisite infrastructure by providing sanitation, water, specialised rooms, fencing, renovations and extensions to improve conditions,” she said.
Modise added all mud schools would be eradicated in the next financial year and all schools that had become safety hazards would be repaired.
“We will also assist schools to get ICT infrastructure for administrative and learning purposes,” she said.
Early childhood development also received a special mention where Modise indicated a good educational foundation starts in these centres.
“So far, we have created 3 172 jobs in various infrastructure projects like mud school renovations, sanitation, construction of Grade R classrooms, laboratories and libraries, fencing and other works,” she said.