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The sound management of schools has been prioritized by the current government as critical to support the goal of the National Development Plan in improving the poor quality of education, especially in rural and poor communities. The PMDP, which has led the way in school management programs for a number of years now, has recently completed part of...
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The success of a project or educational intervention can be measured in a variety of different ways. The data collected from baseline studies conducted and repeated during the course of a project tell us a lot and the academic results, when measured against previous performance on standardised examinations carry important messages. However, it’s always particularly revealing to hear...
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On Saturday, 22 July 2017 the Awards Ceremony for the 2016 cohort of the Mpumalanga Department of Education PMDP participants was held at the Cyril Clarke Secondary School in Mbombela. The Ceremony was attended by approximately 600 Principals, Deputy Principals and Heads of Department from the 315 participating PMDP schools. Dr T T Bhengu, representing the University of...
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PSA decided just over 6 years ago that it should aim to be ISO 9001:2008 accredited. It has been an interesting but important journey for the organisation. One of the main reasons for embarking on this journey is that it ensured that we systematised our work processes and ensured that our systems were documented. The regular Internal as...
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IN A CLASS OF THEIR OWN! RURAL SCHOOL EXCEL IN 2016 MATRIC EXAMINATION. Herman Thebe Secondary achieves 91% pass rate in 2016 Grade 12 exams! Against all odds Herman Thebe, a rural school excelled in 2016 matric examination, achieving a 91% overall pass rate with 23 learners getting Bachelor passes. This was an improvement from 2015 when the...
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The FNB funded PMDP project which commenced in 2014 has now been concluded. The project involved 17 Primary Schools in KZN from two districts (9 from Umlazi and 8 from Umgungundlovu). The principals were trained and coached on 6 modules and graduated with UKZN certificates and 30 CPTD points at the end of 2014. From 2015 – 2016...
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The NECT District Improvement Programme, whose implementation PSA is managing on behalf of a consortium of four organisations (PwC, PSA, Penreach & Class Act), started off with a bang in 2017!  In 2017 the Project Team is working closely with the relevant Bohlabela District officials to roll out the Learning Programmes to all the teachers of the 398 schools...
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On Thursday 21st July 2016, a Mandela Day event was held at the Hananani Primary School located in the Manyeleti Circuit of Bohlabela Education District in Mpumalanga. This was a very positive event which was well organised thanks to the Hananani Primary School Principal, Concilia Zimande and her Management Team , as well as Richard Wedderburn- Clarke who...
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The NECT envisages an education system where learners are given a conducive environment to strive. With this being said, for the Nelson Mandela Day event, the NECT approached the Bojanala district Director, Ms P Mokhutle, to select one of its FSS. Vukuzenzele Primary School was selected. The school was then approached to list their needs analysis, thereafter the...
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On Thursday, 21 July 2016, a Mandela day event was held at the Mabitse Primary School just outside of Rustenburg. The event was attended by the district officials, the Area Manager (Rustenburg Area Office) and the circuit manager (Areaganeng) also in attendance was the Headman from the Local Traditional Leadership and the community at large. The School Governing...
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PSA rolls out the Courageous Leadership Development Programme in partnership with Penreach in Mpumalanga province.  24 Primary Schools will benefit from the programme which commenced in July 2015. It is funded by the Roger Federer Foundation and has full support from the Department of Education in the province. Programme was officially launched with stakeholders from government, labour, community...
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I was an Acting Principal at Enkwenkwezini SS School and towards the end of 2011, I attended a district workshop to present our Turn-Around strategy as a school that was under-performing. During this workshop I also heard about the PMDP. According to Mr PK Mhletywa and Ms NJ Mgebisa from Education Professional Services at the provincial office, this...
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It is not often that one has the privilege of looking back over twenty years to review the growth and development of an organisation. From very humble beginnings in a back yard room in Mansfield Road Durban, PSA has now grown to an organisation which employs over 40 people spread across four provinces in South Africa. Participative Solutions...
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25 July 2015 saw the MEC Education KZN, Ms Peggy Nkonyeni, jointly with the University’s Extended Learning CEO, Simon Tankard, hand over UKZN certificates to 436 principals who had successfully completed the PMDP programme. Whilst the NSC results in the Province were poor overall with a drop of 9% in 2015 vs 2014, the PMDP schools were better...
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FNB Primary Education Programme has kicked off again in KZN at the end of January 2016 for the third and final year. There has been a great improvement observed at the 17 schools based in the Umgungundlovu and Umlazi Districts. There are significant improvements in Curriculum Coverage and tracking practices by SMTs, as well as improved attendance by...
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Since August 2014 PSA has been involved in a Consortium appointed by the NECT (National Education Collaboration Trust) to drive district improvement programme in the Bohlabela District in Mpumalanga. The consortium includes four organisations, viz: PSA, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Class Act and Penreach which has interventions at five levels (SMT; District; Teacher Development; Parents & Community, as well as Learner...
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