Gauteng govt supports decision to fire poor performing principals

MEC Panyaza Lesufi says he'll be firing the principals of 4 schools with dismal matric pass rates.

FILE. Provincial government's Phumla Sekhonyane says principals won't be immediately dismissed. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng provincial government says it supports Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi's decision to sack principals at underperforming schools.

The MEC announced this week that the heads of schools which achieved matric pass rates of less than 20 percent will be fired along with the officials who were meant to support them.

Provincial government's Phumla Sekhonyane says principals won't be immediately dismissed.

She says they'll be given the opportunity to clarify what led to the dismal results.

"There are schools that recorded a pass rate of 0 percent, which the department views as unacceptable."

Overall, the province came second to the Western Cape, achieving an 82.4 percent pass rate for 2015.

Gauteng also contributed 26 percent of the pupils who will be able to go to university this year, with 17,000 coming from township schools.

Lesufi says over 38,000 matriculants in the province have qualified to study for a Bachelor's Degree, compared to 22,000 in 2014.

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