Schools rush to beat World Cup

2010-05-18 00:00

WITH mid-year exams starting for many public schools next week, schools are rushing to finish their work and exams before the five-week long holiday over the Fifa World Cup.

Local principals told The Witness they have had to schedule exam dates as close to the end of term as possible in order to minimise time lost.

One high school in town begins their exams at the end of this month and their pupils will write up until June 9, the day that schools will break to accommodate the soccer festivities.

The principal described the time from now up until the exams as a “trying period”, where they are scrambling to get things done.

He was concerned that when schools resume on July 14, pupils would have forgotten the work learnt in the first half of the year.

This was reinforced by another headmistress who said they have decided to set work for the holidays that their pupils will be expected to hand in when they return. Their pupils will also be given the opportunity to attend lessons during the holidays after teachers volunteered their services.

But this won’t be made compulsory, since some pupils are boarders and come from far away.

Another principal added that matriculants remain their biggest concern, which is why they have made contingency plans for this.

“The national statement curriculum examinations are scheduled to start on October 25 with our internal exams staring November 15. This makes for a very intense term three. Right now we are trying to survive,” he said.

KZN Education Department spokesperson Sihle Mlotshwa said this year’s holidays were one week longer than normal and did not think it would have a negative bearing in the final year exams.

However, he said the department always encouraged weekend lessons as well as lessons before and after classes to act as reinforcements, whether there is a world cup or not.

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