Timely book deliveries put pupils ahead

2008-01-17 00:00

It was a hassle-free day as schools reopened yesterday: the KwaZulu-Natal Education Department said it has delivered textbooks to all schools around the province.

Education MEC Ina Cronje heaped praise on Vulindlela school, which she visited yesterday because it started teaching on the first day, bucking the trend.

Addressing pupils and teachers, Cronje said: “We have 201 school days and you need to make sure that all these days are used effectively and productively for learning and teaching”.

She added that full attendance is important as research has shown that pupils who attend school regularly tend to do better than those who do not.

Cronje was accompanied by superintendent-general Dr Cassius Lubisi, acting premier Dr Zweli Mkhize and Msunduzi Mayor Zanele Hlatshwayo on visits to five schools in the Vulindlela area near Pietermaritzburg.

The schools were Mconjwana Senior Secondary, Dindi Primary, Gobidlovu High, Songozima Primary and Sombongangani Primary.

Cronje opened new classrooms at Dindi Primary and Gobindlovu High.

She said her department wants to lay a solid foundation especially for grade R. “Reading, writing and numeracy should be prioritised.”

She said pupils must be equipped with the skills to form ideas and be able to put them down in a coherent manner.

Mkhize congratulated the teachers on the new infrastructure.

He urged the teachers not to be shy to talk to learners about sex and dangers of unsafe sex.

“We are depending on you and we urge you to refrain from behaviour that will be an obstacle to your dream. Just be a learner,” he said.

Mkhize emphasised that principals should work closely with the surrounding communities to overcome poor results.

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