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 all HODs were trained in 4 modules (Curriculum Coverage; Teacher Development; Results Analysis and Corrective Action, as well as Absenteeism Management). In addition to these, the SGBs of all schools were also workshopped on their roles and responsibilities and this training was met with great excitement from SGB members as well as parents in general.
The Awards Ceremony held on 27 August 2016 saw 38 HODs graduate with UKZN certificates at a ceremony held at Dokkies, Glenwood.
Some of the outcomes of this project are:
- Average Learner attendance by end of Term 3, 2016 – 98.5%
- Average Teacher attendance by end of Term 3, 2016 – 97%
- Average Curriculum Coverage for Literacy at Grade 3 was 79% and same level for Numeracy at the same grade
- Average Coverage for English at Grade 6 was 80% and Maths same grade was 82%
- Learner outcomes improved at all schools though by different margins
- All schools were able to establish curriculum tracking and monitoring systems
- There are now regular phase meetings to discuss curriculum related issues
- SMTs now all put aside time at the end of each year to plan for all school and curriculum related activities for the next academic year
- HODs are now confident to lead their team of teachers
The involvement of Circuit Managers and other key district officials during implementation added a lot of value although it was not to the levels desired due to their commitment to other tasks related to their day-to-day workloads.
We are confident that most of the schools are able to sustain the practices adopted from the project into the future and thus continue to improve learner outcomes and general quality of teaching and learning in these schools.