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Author: Xabiso Nyati
Date: 20/06/2024

The Easten Cape Department of Education together with Department of Basic Education, launched the Quality Learning and Teaching Campaign (QLTC). The main focus of the campaign is to mobilize all civil society sectors to play an active role to improve the level and quality of education through improved learner achievement. Ensuring that education is a societal matter, QLTC is a sub-committee of the School Governing Body (SGB) that works hand in hand with parents and different stakeholders to ensure the well-being of a learner and improve learning in our schools.

Some of the key issues that the QLTC emphasizes on are, to enhance quality teaching and learning in schools, especially those that are at highest risk and vulnerable areas; ensuring that all stakeholders play a central role in curbing the course of poor learner performance and its impact. To enhance those schools that are most severely impacted by poor learner performance, social ills and learner behavior. Build on evidence generated, through enforcement of the non-negotiables and provide guidance and support to reduce ill-disciplined behavior amongst learners as well as lack of parental and community involvement.

ECDoE Stakeholder Management Director Dr K Mdingi stated, “the QLTC is an initiative which involves all stakeholders that help a learner grow in all aspects of learning and will assist the SGB in enhancing the quality of education, improve learner performance and also decrease all social ills that learners face in communities and schools”.

The QLTC objectives are mainly mobilization, advocacy and capacity building to solicit community support, mobilization of stakeholders outside education to promote the importance of education, analyze and respond to reports/findings received from different structures and ensuring improved learner attainment levels by making schools centers of excellence.

The campaign also inspires parental involvement and community taking ownership of schools, encourages the adopt a school program to ensure improved quality learning and teaching. Monitoring and support plays an integral part in the evaluation of impact and effectiveness  made particularly in the implementation of QLTC programs.

“These programs provide support to different schools and communities by providing different intervention strategies to challenges found in schools and structures clearly identify priorities as per the needs of schools”, said Department of Basic Education Deputy Director, S Zokwana.

“Bonke Ngabethu”, this captures the essence and the heart of the QLTC. No child should be left behind. We need all hands-on deck to ensure a conducive teaching and learning environment.