President punts literacy, numeracy in education

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    ‘We want to ensure that by 2030, South Africans have access to education and training of the highest quality’ says President Ramaphosa.

    PRESIDENT Cyril Ramaphosa has called on the basic education sector to carve a new path of progress by focusing on numeracy and literacy with special emphasis on the importance of reading.

    This, as the New Year ushers in the last decade of the National Development Plan.

    “We want to ensure that by 2030, South Africans have access to education and training of the highest quality, leading to significantly improved learning outcomes. All our learners should be able to read for meaning by their tenth birthday. Our Mathematics and Physical Science pass rates should be comparable with, if not better than, nations of similar size and budget,” he said.

    The President made these remarks during his address at the annual Basic Education Sector Lekgotla in Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni, this week.

    Hosted by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, the three-day national event brings together provincial education departments, teacher unions, SGBs, learner organisations, NGOs, academics, international guest speakers and other stakeholders.

    The President applauded the department and sector for their historic 81.3 per cent matric pass rate achievement, adding that it shows an improvement in the education system.

    “The impressive 2019 matric pass rate is in line with recent local and international studies that indicate that our system of basic education is on the rise,” he said.

    By Northglen News

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