Africa: As the people of the world were observing World Clean-up Day yesterday, the Mpumalanga Department of Education is making a commitment to award an R100 000 prize to the Cleanest School in the Province.
The Award Ceremony will take place on Thursday, 22 September 2022, at the Kruger National Park from 11H00.
This award ceremony is a pinnacle of the Rhandza XiKolo Xa Wena Campaign, which was launched in all four Districts of the Province.
The Cleanest School is expected to have the following characteristics:
Ensures a positive and healthy environment is established and maintains a clean and tidy classroom environment.
Its outside ambience must be neat with flower and food gardens and a well cared for yard and trees.
The physical infrastructure should be in a good state, well maintained and improved on an ongoing basis.
Roadways, car parking, and leisure spaces for learners are well designed, neat and taken good care of.
Learners are taught the importance of cleanliness, environmental awareness, and implications of global warming and climate change and are fully responding to such teachings.
Levels of infighting and bullying amongst learners are zero, and there are no incidents of illicit drug abuse and trafficking.
Learners are highly motivated. They wear school uniforms, are highly disciplined at all times and adhere to the School Code of Conduct.
Leaners do their part as well to keep the school grounds clean by ensuring that any garbage is thrown and kept in designated bins and sites.
Teachers are united and work collaboratively at all times.
Incidents of teacher absenteeism are minimal, and there is harmony in the staff room.
Incidents of corporal punishment, infighting and backstabbing amongst teachers are non-existence.
Teachers have truly embraced the Code of Conduct as espoused by the South African Council for Educators.
Teachers are very much focused on curriculum delivery, go the extra mile and work towards the improvement of the school.
Teachers work very well with the School Governing Bodies and have embraced integrity and honesty.
Teachers have good work ethics and display high professional conduct in words, deeds and character.
The School Management Teams are truly committed, motivated, united and empower teachers at all times.
The School Governing Body is democratically elected, functional and truly representative of the aspirations of all parents as well as the surrounding community.
The School Governing Body works collaboratively with the school management team and supports the development of the school.
The School Governing Body is united and has denounced incidents of corruption and infighting.
The School Governing Body has a clear vision to take the school to greater heights.
In the case of secondary schools – the Representative Council for Learners is democratically elected in line with the dictates of the South African Schools Act and fairly represents the wishes of all learners at the school.
The Representative Council for Learners works collaboratively with all the structures at the school and supports all the learning and teaching processes.
The Representative Council for Learners ensures that incidents of bullying, drug intake or trafficking, infighting, and sexual harassment do not take place or are reported to authorities at the school.