Underperforming principals to explain poor matric performance

The Gauteng government says it gave the principals an opportunity to account for poor pass rates.

Gauteng Matrics award. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng provincial government has moved to clarify that Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi will not immediately sack principals at underperforming schools, but first schedule a meeting with them to give them a chance to explain their performance.

The meeting is for the headmasters to take account of the underperformance and clear up any miscommunication surrounding the reasons behind low pass rates.

While Gauteng sits at 84,2 percent and the Western Cape on 84,7 percent, the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal cannot say the same, resulting in an overall dip in the pass rate from last year by five percent.

Gauteng government Communication Officer Phumla Sekhonyane says, "This something that the department does regularly; that all principals who have underperformed have to come to the department and account."

Yesterday, Lesufi said he would be firing the principals of four schools in the province that achieved matric pass rates of less than 20 percent.

_The Star _newspaper reported that those who were meant to give support to these principals will also be sacked for gross underperformance.

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