DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND ASGI-SA 12 September 2006
Overview of presentation • Education and the economy • Education provision and contribution to accelerated and shared growth • Special ASGI-SA projects
Education and the Economy • Studies across the world and in South Africa indicate that increased levels of education support economic growth and reduce poverty and unemployment • South Africa needs to accelerate access to quality education at all levels of the education and training system • General Education, Further Education and Higher Education
Early Childhood Development • Goal to expand and improve early childhood care and education especially for most disadvantaged • Integrated approach through inter-departmental team; cognitive development, nutrition, health, safety.
Grade R • Expand access to all five year olds by 2010 • Improve quality through provision of • training of teachers • equipment • food, nutrition and safe environments
General Education • Universal enrolment from Grade 1 to Grade 9 • Need to improve quality of teaching and learning • The National Curriculum Statement aims to do this • Need to accelerate initiatives aimed at improving quality provision: infrastructure, equipment and books, health, safety and teaching especially reading, writing and calculating.
FET – Grades 10 –12 • Cuurently high levels of enrolment in Grade 10 and then reduction in Grade 11 numbers and again in Grade 12 • Need to retain more learners in Grade 11 and 12 and improve quality of learning outcomes • The National Curriculum sets the benchmarks • Need to accelerate quality provision through infrastructure, equipment, books and high quality teaching
FET Colleges • Huge increase in enrolment over the last five years • Race and gender profile of learners has changed • Need to accelerate enrolment and improve quality of programmes offered • Re-capitalisation aims to spend R1,9 billion on infrastructure, equipment, lecturers and administrative systems to deliver new programmes that address the needs of the economy
Higher Education • Current system has expanded the numbers enrolled and substantially changed profile of students • Plans in place to accelerate access and quality through • Enrolment planning, • Quality assurance reviews and NSFAS
ASGI-SA Special Projects 1 QIDS- UP • Many of our schools do not have the basic requirements for provision of quality education • Schools from poorest quintile will be selected to provide improved infrastructure, basic equipment, reading books and improved teaching and learning outcomes
ASGI-SA Special Project 2 Dinaledi Schools • Goal is to accelerate higher grade maths and science passes in Grade 12 especially among African learners from 25 000 in 2005 to 50 000 in 2008 • 400 Dinaledi schools have been chosen to drive this initiative – the number will increase • Additional resources and support for teacher and learners will be provided in 2006, 2007 and 2008
ASGI-SA Special Project 3 Re-capitalisation of FET Colleges • Phase out outdated N 1 – 6 programmes over 2007 - 2009 and introduce new programmes that meet the needs of the economy • Accelerate access to these programmes through provision of modern infrastructure, IT, equipment and new funding formula
Determining Priority Skill Programmes for SA Step 1 • Determine what employers want, that is, relevant skills / vocational programmes: high and intermediary level skills including artisans Step 2 • Determine sectors for programmes according to ASGI-SA: 11 sectors: engineering including building and civil; business (finance, office administration, management, marketing); IT; Agriculture; Tourism and Hospitality Studies Step 3 • Determine modalities for offering programmes: full-time; part-time; flexible
Conclusion • ASGI-SA dedicated growth initiative • Sustainability depends on a global view • Solid, quality foundations (General Education) • Appropriate high and intermediary level skills (FET) • Vibrant HE sector to ensure knowledge production and new generation of professionals