The ANC’s Cleary Park constituency office launched an education desk yesterday.
Party officials said it would serve as a platform to assist in addressing challenges and harness expectations, perspectives and energy in a collective understanding of what needed to be done.
ANC MP Hope Malgas said the education desk, chaired by Pastor Glendon Hermanus, in partnership with the Department of Education, was launching two pilot projects.
“The pilot projects are as a result of a key requirement from the National Development Plan to ensure the retention of pupils in response to the high drop-out rate of schools,” Malgas said.
“One of the pilot projects is to partner with Gelvandale High School to increase its capacity in delivering and widening an improved technical teaching stream, which will directly respond to industry needs.
“The second will collaborate with Bethelsdorp High School, where we will introduce and increase the capacity of an effective vocational team.”
Four more schools will be identified in the Ibhayi, Motherwell, Uitenhage and Despatch areas.
Malgas said a safety programme for schools was also being planned.