In opening remarks CapeTalk and 702 host, Eusebius McKaiser, describes Gauteng MEC for Education, Panyaza Lesufi as one of the best and busiest MEC's in the country and as someone who both loves and is good at his job.
Lesufi has had a lot on his plate in the past few months, having to deal with sexual predators in a case where more than eighty learners were found to have been sexually abused at a single school, to bullying and racism at other schools in the province.
Lesufi explains that he is often met with perceptions that he enjoys attending to crises and therefore forgets to deal with other matters affecting the education system. He adds that more than eighty percent of the work the department does is not in the public forum.
We are introducing schools of specialisation.— Panyaza Lesufi, Gauteng MEC for Education
I'm one person who is worried that a majority of our learners want to go to university after they leave school, whereas you have huge institutions that are capable of meeting the needs of learners outside of the university realm.— Panyaza Lesufi, Gauteng MEC for Education
We've just signed a very important agreement with South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa). We are going to build three new schools in Atteridgeville where medical nuclear will be taught.— Panyaza Lesufi, Gauteng MEC for Education
Lesufi goes on to say they have also partnered with the South African Airways (SAA) to establish an aviation specialised school which will be located in Kempton Park, while in Soweto, an engineering school has been opened.
Another programme the department is embarking on is called the 'twinning' programme. Township schools are paired with former Model C schools in the suburbs explains Lesufi.
As part of the pilot, learners from Sandown High are paired with Alexandra High School to share resources and reduce daily migration of learners who have to travel to schools daily, he explains.
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