‘Qualified educators available to replace principals in the firing line’

MEC Panyaza Lesufi says he'll be sacking the principals at schools that achieved less than 20% pass rates.

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says qualified educators are available to replace at least four principals he's planning to fire over low matric pass rates at their schools.

Yesterday, Lesufi said he'll be sacking the principals at schools that achieved less than 20 percent pass rates.

The South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) says the department needs to look at all the factors that contributed to the latest drop in performance and cannot only blame principals.

Lesufi says department officials will also come under fire and he believes decisive action needs to be taken.

"Should we just say that it's okay, it's something that we need to leave? I am not going to do that. The principal must take responsibility, as well as the officials. I am not going to tolerate failure. If you don't change the environment it means you're sending the next learners into the same fate."

The class of 2015 achieved a 70.7 percent pass rate.

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The Western Cape and Gauteng came out tops in the country with 84.7 and 84.2 percent respectively.

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