MUT to firm up its relationship with Umlazi District

Ntokozo, second from left, with MarComms staff at Truro House

Ntokozo Cele, the Acting Director of Umlazi District, said now he could relax. “I have been yearning to meet MUT officials to discuss the partnership our district has with the University,” said Ntokozo, a man who has been in the education system since 1990. Ntokozo said his main focus was that whatever intervention programmes MUT was bringing to his district had to be measurable. “We must be able to see the difference. For instance the grade 12 pass percentage of the learners must improve a lot. We will need to continue working with good performing schools like Menzi High, but we should also incorporate other schools that are not doing so well,” he said. The University’s Department of Marketing and Communications has a number of projects it runs to encourage good performance at schools. One of these is the Circle of Excellence (COE), which happens every year. This is when MUT awards schools that have performed well in Mathematics, Physics, and Accounting, and the overall performance during their last grade 12 examinations. Zama Sishi, the Director, Stakeholder Relations at MarComms, said they were confident of the various programmes they were running with better performing schools, and that they would tailor make for identified schools and/or scircumstances. She said it was now important to also get on board those schools performing below 30% in order to make a meaningful and holistic impact.