MEC unveils catch-up plans

2010-09-17 00:00

THE province’s Education Department will today again engage teacher unions and school principals in ongoing talks to establish ways of better preparing the learners for the final examinations.

Speaking at the legislature during his 2009/2010 education service delivery report, MEC for Education, Senzo Mchunu, said that they have been in discussions with the unions and principals to ensure matriculants complete the syllabus.

He said that principals will assess situations at their schools and enter into negotiations with the teachers to establish how they can make up for lost time ahead of the final matric exams which start on October 25 to December 3.

Included in the recovery programme to assist the matriculants is the distribution of revision materials; previous examination question papers; supply of learning material in DVDs for mathematics, life science, physical science and accounting as well as other subjects.

“The department has formed a partnership with SABC Radio to broadcast revision lessons on all grade 12 subjects.

“These lessons are being broadcast through Ukhozi FM and Lotus FM. Each session focuses on a different topic and learners can phone in and ask questions. These lessons are presented by experienced educators,” said Mchunu.

Mchunu said as part of the department’s 10 point-plan intended to assist poorly performing high schools, the department has formed provincial examination crack teams constituted of subject and curriculum specialists.

The purpose of the crack teams, said Mchunu, is to ascertain the state of readiness of targeted under-performing schools.

The MEC also said that contrary to reports there have been no disruptions of the preliminary exams which started on Monday.

He said it was only rumours that there were disruptions, noting that the exams have proceeded smoothly.

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