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 […]

Gauteng schools ready to reopen on Monday, says MEC Lesufi

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says all schools are ready to reopen on Monday. He says his department has met with stakeholders and they’ve all agreed on the matter. “We met with all the principals in our province and they gave us the green light to reopen the schools on Monday. “We met with all […]

MEC Lesufi disputes DA’s R1 billion education irregular expenditure claim

The Gauteng department of education has fired back at the Democratic Alliance (DA) in the province after the opposition party claimed R1 billion in irregular expenditure was incurred by the department in the last financial year. According to department spokesperson Steve Mabona, the party misread the recently released financial report, stating the department only incurred […]

MEC Panyaza Lesufi appalled by murder and rape of Grade 2 Katlehong girl

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said he was appalled by the horrific death of a Grade 2 girl who was found raped and murdered in the neighbour’s yard in Katlehong, Ekurhuleni at the weekend. The eight-year-old girl had allegedly disappeared from her home on Sunday. Her mother opened a missing person’s case that night. However, […]

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi gives update on 2021 school year

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has given Grade 1 and 8 parents one week to accept or decline placement for their children. Lesufi has given an update on the 2021 academic calendar applications. During the briefing, the MEC said more schools should be built in the province to meet the demand. Lesufi said schools are […]

MEC Panyaza Lesufi urges parents to accept school allocations

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has once again urged parents to accept the school allocated to their children. Lesufi briefed media on Sunday about the state of the online admission process. He said the issue of space remains a concern for the department, but all children will be placed. Lesufi said, “from this Thursday, parents […]

Matric exams shouldn’t be changed because of COVID-19 impact, says Panyaza Lesufi

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said this year’s matric exam should not be changed due to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Grade 12 pupils are expected to sit down for their first paper on 5 November with the exam period set to end on 15 December. The 2020 academic year was disrupted by […]