Under-Performing Principals to Be Replaced

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FIVE principals of serial under-performing secondary schools are to be replaced.

Under-performing schools are those which achieved pass rates of less than 60 percent in the matric exams. And these principals have been at the helm of schools which have been under-performing for at least three years.

Penny Vinjevold, head of the Western Cape Education Department, said earlier this year that it intended to replace under-performing principals as part of its mission to reduce the number of schools which were failing to produce results.

Spokesman Paddy Attwell said it was only the worst performing principals who would be replaced.

"Serial under-performers are the department's main concern. Most under-performing schools have responded well to intensive support."

The number of under-performing schools has more than halved with 30 left in the province, down from 78 in 2010.

He said the principals had agreed to leave after discussions with the department.

Attwell said replacement principals would be carefully selected to ensure the best candidate was appointed.

"The department has adopted a new approach to filling principals' posts given the role that principals must play in improving school performance.

"The department advertises these posts as soon as possible without waiting for the next scheduled vacancy list."

The department had developed guidelines for school governing bodies on how to select the best nominees for principal's posts. …