The Gauteng MEC of Education and Youth Development, Panyaza Lesufi made a visit to the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) Pretoria West Campus on Wednesday morning to interact with learners and teachers that are participating in the Secondary School Improvement Programme (SSIP) holiday classes.
The MEC said that they have made a budget of R240 million to assist the secondary learners in Gauteng to have extra classes during their school holidays. He added they will also provide this additional classes in September to ensure that the learners are ready for the final examinations on time.
Panyaza encouraged the teachers to cooperate with the Secondary School Improvement Programme to ensure that the learners secure better futures for themselves. “We delibaretely assembled them here because they are the brightest future of our country” said Lesufi speaking of the students.
The students were divided into groups of two by gender merit, with the girls said to have their interaction on Thursday of the following day. Lesufi said that the boys needed to be given the special attention as they are the ones that are mostly distracted and face different hurdles from the girl students.
The MEC told the learners that in order to have their bright futures they must take education as their first priority, and also assured them that the province is ready to play its part to ensure that their dreams are realized.
Panyaza said that their benchmark this year is 90% and he himself together with other senior managers have signed the performance contract of all the learners in Gauteng. “We are willing to reach our
target by working together with our children” He added.