Dept’s 10-point plan for pupils

2010-09-08 00:00

THE KZN Education Department plans to intensify its strategies, which it credits with improving last year’s matric results, in an effort to reverse the setbacks caused by the public servant strike.

Department spokesperson Mbali Thusi said the improvement strategy, which has been in effect for the past two years, was reviewed and consolidated into a 10-point plan. The plan is said to be behind last year’s improved results from a 51% matric pass rate in 2008 to 61% in 2009.

“Part of the key activities of the 10-point plan has been the continuous supply of the supplementary materials in the form of study guides and Learning Channel DVDs. The department will continue in earnest in making this material available, more especially during this period following the strike action.”

 

 

•In June 2010, study guides in geography, economics, tourism and English creative writing were delivered to schools. The study guides for the rest of the subjects had been delivered before the end of the previous year.

•In July 2010, Learning Channel DVDs in various subjects were delivered to the schools. These made up the remainder for those schools that had not yet received deliveries made in 2009. However, some schools still don’t have the DVDs since their district offices were prevented by the strike from making the distributions. These schools have been urged to contact their subject advisors for the DVDs.

•In July 2010, schools received from their districts the question papers from the 2009 matric exams in mathematics, accounting and physical science.

•Examination crack teams were formed and deployed to all districts with the aim of probing the state of readiness for underperforming schools. However, because of the strike, these teams have instead been giving support to matriculants. It is claimed that 400 schools supporting grade 12 pupils in clusters and individual schools were visited.

•A partnership was formed with SABC Radio to broadcast revision lessons on all subjects. In KZN, these are broadcast through Ukhozi and Lotus FM. This will continue until the end of the grade 12 examinations in November.

•Over 150 000 copies of the Matric Q&A supplement, which contains exemplars (past question papers) and memoranda (answer sheets) for nine different subjects. Their delivery is said to have started yesterday through a managing agent, which has been approved for the delivery of learning, teaching support materials to schools.

•By September 30, schools can expect to have received previous examination question papers in all 13 subjects.

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