‘The results tell us to raise our expectations,” said Wandile Makhubu, principal of Unity Secondary School in Daveyton, Ekurhuleni, one of the top-performing township schools.
“We, as a township school, want to compete with former Model C schools, so we make it our business to learn from schools that are performing by partnering with them.”
Pieter Steyn, head of LEAP no-fee schools, which provide maths- and science-focused education to disadvantaged learners, said: “Quality education is so much more than academics. I wonder how open we are to learners in ensuring that they do not get lost in the system. However, you cannot progress a repeat learner who hasn’t been in class most of the year or isn’t academically inclined.
“We need to look at longer-term strategies such as new teaching methodologies, and at implementing them as early as grade 8, when teachers are more receptive to learning new ways of doing things.”
These were among the insights offered by the panellists invited to speak at the Principals Upfront dialogue earlier this month. Educators attended the second in a series of public dialogues to strengthen school leadership.