By Masilo Malakwane
QWAQWA – The department of basic education in Thabo Mofutsanayana district has rallied behind men and women who have dedicated themselves in advocating Quality Learning and Teaching Campaign (QLTC) ahead of the upcoming grade 12 final examinations.
Newly elected QLTC coordinator, Papa Joseph Ndaba, promised the group will focus on teacher’s performance with the aim of implementing quality education.
Ndaba said the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic has put a lot of pressure on the education system in the country and they had to quickly adjust.
“It should be noted that, due to the impact of Covid-19 disruptions to the academic year, the department had to double its efforts to ensure that quality teaching and learning continues.
Meanwhile, learners support the QLTC’s efforts to provide quality teaching and learning. The president of the District Representative Council of Learners (RCL), Atlehang Tsotetsi, had this to say:
“Getting the most improved matric results for past years was a sign of the QLTC efforts. The challenges that threaten basic education will not prevail or affect this year’s results.”
District director Lindiwe Mabaso says the department is working closely with stakeholders such as pastors, retired teachers and the media to ensure that quality learning and teaching is attained in the district.
“QLTC’s determination was reflected in the matric results of past years where we saw the best performances in the district. I am confident that this year’s matric pupils will do even better and give their all regardless of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In another development, the deputy provincial chairperson of the National Association of School Governing Bodies, Maine Nchocho, believes basic education can be more accessible and of better quality if teachers in public schools stop sending their children to private schools.
“How can we trust that they will provide the best quality education to our children in public schools while theirs are being taught in the model C’s? This must end,” Nchocho said.