The Gauteng Department of Education successfully executes annual School Readiness Programme

Written by on 15th Jan 2020

Public schools all around South Africa re-opened on the 15th of January for the 2020 academic year and the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) successfully executed their annual School Readiness Programme.

What is the annual GDE School Readiness Programme? 

The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) has established a culture of early preparation to ensure that teaching and learning takes place on the first day of the academic calendar.

Members of the Executive Council (MECs) are deployed to various schools to conduct an oversight visit to monitor readiness in terms of resources (e.g. Learner Support Material, Furniture), admissions, learner and educator attendance etc. This exercise is undertaken on the first day of schooling.

Prior to the school re-opening a cleaning campaign is undertaken on the weekend that precedes the re-opening of the schools with the schooling community. This would include SGB members, the mayor, Structures for Quality Teaching and Learning Campaign, learners and members of the community.

An Educational Stakeholder Imbizo is then undertaken in the afternoon with the community members around the schools that have been visited.

“We believe that grade R’s are the foundation phase, so they can’t be left out.”

– MEC Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko reiterates as the GDE hit the ground running on the first day back.

The GDE keeps the tradition of a school re-opening campaign for MECs, as well as ensuring that the schools are ready on the first day of school.

Speaking to Khutso Theledi on YFM, MEC of  Finance, Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko shared the days happenings as she was deployed to Pholong Secondary School at KwaThema, Springs.

Three other surrounding schools were identified to be part of the program:

Thembalikazulu Primary School

Tsepo Lesedi Pre-Primary School

Fred Habedi Primary School

“There is no child that can say I can’t go to school because I don’t have school shoes.”

– Ralehoko proudly expresses knowing that the GDE has also provided back to school essentials for the learners.

GDE #KrunchWithKhutso podcast:

MEC, Ralehoko speaks to Khutso Theledi on how the Readiness Programme was received by the teachers and learners as well as the modernisation of the school curriculum, facilities and what is still to come in 202o for the GDE.

Listen to the full interview here:


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