‘Exam crack teams’ to tackle KZN’s failing schools

2010-08-10 00:00

UNDER-PERFORMING schools have probably received the best incentive yet to pull up their socks.

The KwaZulu-Natal Education Department has established five “provincial exam crack teams” whose main aim will be to crack the whip on under-performing schools, identify subjected-related problems being experienced by individual schools, and prescribe short-term solutions based on school-specific analyses.

District directors, ward and circuit managers and department officials last week concluded two days of assessment sessions at Umbumbulu College in Kwamakhutha in an analysis of under-performing schools.

Special emphasis was placed on schools that achieved a pass rate of less than 20% in 2009.

The five crack teams consist of head office subject specialists in the curriculum and quality assurance directorates.

They will check that poorly performing schools intensify their extra classes from now until the final exams in October.

Other interventions will include ensuring that curriculum coverage is completed by the end of August, identifying curriculum gaps in each subject and clustering schools for revision purposes.

For the first time in an annual assessment session in preparation for final exams, every district was analysed individually to review performance in previous common exams. Every district also had to account for the progress made on the syllabi.

Ministerial spokesperson Muntu Lukhozi said “Every district had to give a report to the MEC [Senzo Mchunu] on how they performed during the March and June exams.

“Those results were dissected by looking at where each district still needs to put emphasis.

“It is the first time that the schools are being dissected in this manner. The point was to expose exactly what everyone is doing so that everyone has a clear picture of where they are so that we can get rid of under-performing schools all together,” added Lukhozi.

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