Tuesday, 23 October 2012 00:00


Written by  Annette Theron

The Media24 Rachel's Angels Trust hosted their second annual lecture at Groenberg Secondary School in Grabouw on 11 October.

Rachel's Angels Trust which was founded in 2007 is a joint project between Media 24 and Stellenbosch University that aims to contribute towards the building of excellence in high school education in the Western Cape. It currently includes mentorship programmes between grade 11 pupils from 20 disadvanted schools and second- and third-year students from Stellenbosch University.

Minister in the Presidency and chairperson of the National Planning Commission (NPC), Trevor Manuel was the keynote speaker. He outlined the NPC's Vision 2030 "Improving the quality of education in South Africa." He received a standing ovation from educators, pupils, business and political leaders, as well as other stakeholders who attended the lecture.

The role of teachers came under the spotlight with continued evaluation of competency. "We need to ensure that teachers feel accountable to principals. Principals need to be appointed on competency and skills it is a job that requires a skills set to manage 1200 pupils."

The role of oversight and responsibility of Vision 2030 education policy was a question most asked. Minister Manuel reiterated that every citizen in South Africa has a responsibility in ensuring the positive future of education over the next 18 years. "You cannot pass sole responsibility on to government; everyone has to get involved, including the learners here tonight, who will be the country's leaders in 18 years' time. It is a role that government, educators, civil society and businesses have to be involved in."

Commenting on the Rachel's Angels Trust, Minister Manuel said there needs to be more "angels" coming forward to implement programmes to impove the quality of education and mentor learners, some of whom are the first generation to complete matric and go on to further education.

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