Inmates trounce pupils in Covid-ravaged 2020 matric year

The 2020 prison inmate matric cohort achieved a resounding 86.3% pass rate compared to the 76.2% rate achieved by outside daily scholars. This was announced by Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola at the Leeuwkop Correctional Centre on Thursday, accompanied by Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi. Lamola congratulated the convicts for their achievements despite their challenges […]

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi takes aim at Umalusi

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says education quality assurance body Umalusi, has been unfair to the class of 2020. Umalusi reduced the marks in eight subjects in which pupils performed better than normal. The province boasts the top five districts in the country and honoured its top achievers at an official ceremony on Wednesday. In […]

Panyaza Lesufi disappointed with Umalusi assessment of 2020 matric results

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said that he was disappointed with the manner in which Umalusi assessed the 2020 national senior certificate exams. Lesufi said that while the province accepted the results released by the quality assurance body, it failed to acknowledge the challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic on matrics. According to the MEC, […]

MEC Lesufi: 694 Gauteng pupils still not placed in schools

There are 694 pupils who have not yet been placed in Gauteng primary and high schools. Provincial Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said the delay in the allocation of space for pupils was caused by some parents who chose schools that were already full. Lesufi urged parents, especially those in townships, to consider seeking placement in […]

MEC Lesufi pleased with Gauteng matric 2020 pass rate

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said that he was relieved that the matric class of 2020 in the province achieved an 83.8% pass rate. In an unprecedented school year hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and several lockdowns, Lesufi said that it was a tough time for teachers, parents, and pupils. “Among the top 10, six […]

Probe launched following Grade 7 pupil’s mysterious death

The Gauteng Education Department has appointed an “independent investigative body” to probe the mysterious death of a Grade 7 pupil who collapsed in a classroom at a Soweto school on Wednesday. Sibongiseni Khoza, 7, allegedly felt dizzy before collapsing and dying in his classroom at the Protea South Primary School on Wednesday. Gauteng Education spokesperson […]

With new R77 million school, Gauteng govt says it’s serious about township education

The first day of the 2021 academic calendar saw more than 2 million pupils return to the classroom in Gauteng. On Monday, Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi officially opened the newly built Abram Hlophe Primary School in Katlehong in Ekurhuleni. The Gauteng government is determined to ensure that pupils in townships go to school close to […]

Govt unveils new state-of-the-art school in Katlehong

The Gauteng government unveiled a new state of the art school in Katlehong on the first day of the 2021 academic calendar. Premier David Makhura, Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi, and other dignitaries handed over the Abram Hlophe Primary School to the East Rand township. The school boasts state-of-the-art equipment which expected to benefit hundreds of […]

34 Gauteng teachers succumbed to Covid-19-related illnesses

Thirty-four teachers in Gauteng have succumbed to Covid-19 related illnesses. The province is in the process of making temporary appointments to fill the vacancies. Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said they will be welcoming almost 4,000 new teacher assistants to provide additional administrative support to teachers. Lesufi claimed they had concluded the delivery of PPE, learning, […]

Over 2 000 grade 1 and 8 Gauteng pupils still not placed at school

As government schools across the country prepare to open on Monday, more than 2,000 grade 1 and 8 pupils are still without a school placement in Gauteng. The Education Department received over 200,000 applications through its online system. MEC Panyaza Lesufi appealed to parents to accept alternative schools as the majority of institutions had reached […]