by MTHULISI SIBANDA
JOHANNESBURG – THE quality of education offered in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province is poised for a major improvement following the introduction of a technology solution linking local schools to the Department of Education.
This solution comes as the country’s leading mobile network operator making the most of technology to improve administration, teaching and learning systems in the impoverished province.
The innovation, which is in the form of an application called the Principal Engagement/Teacher Engagement App, allows teachers and principals to report incidents to the department, including a daily report of the number of teachers in ratio to learners at public schools on a particular day.
An innovation by mobile operator Vodacom, it is anticipated the app would help address challenges that hinder effective service delivery and communication.
Previously, communication channels have failed to clearly link schools to the. As a result, this has caused some delays in resolutions to issues such as burst geysers and other incidents at schools.
The introduction of the Principal Engagement/Teacher Engagement App will hopefully put an end to the delays, allowing the Department of Education to act hastily when an issue at a school is reported.
“We are proud to have been a part of the introduction of the Principal Engagement/Teacher Engagement App,” said Dinah Kheswa, Acting Managing Executive for Vodacom Business Public Sector.
Kheswa said they were not in any way cutting out the middleman with regards to the way schools in the Eastern Cape communicate with the Department of Education.
“All we are doing is making this process of communication faster, and
essentially more effective,” she said.
“Our children are, after all, the future, and we are doing all we can to ensure that their level of education is of the best quality, so that they too may be successful in the future.”
Vodacom’s solution has been announced at the just-ended third annual Eastern Cape E-Learning Summit, held in East London.
The Eastern Cape, one of the poorest provinces in South Africa, has long been identified among the worst-performing regions in education.
Other hindrances include poor infrastructure and the lack of qualified teachers.
– CAJ News