Too many exams — parents

2011-11-18 00:00

PARENTS of pupils at Woodlands Primary School are concerned that their children might not do well this year because of the severe pressure they are under, sometimes writing three exams a day. The school’s exams began last Friday and ended on Wednesday.

Among the parents who complained was the mother of a Grade 4 pupil who said parents raised the issue with the principal and the Education Department, but their pleas fell on deaf ears.

“The other worrying factor is that if the exams are concluded, what are the children coming to school for then? We have not heard of a study plan that will be going on until school closes.”

School governing body chairperson Richard Stuurman said parents should have raised the issue when the timetable was being finalised, not when it is too late for anything to be done.

Education spokesperson Sihle Mlotshwa said the parents had not objected to the timetable.

“We do recognise that to have pupils writing three tests/exams in one day can be strenuous. As the exams have been concluded, it is up to the school management team to decide what the pupils will be doing until the term ends,” said Mlotshwa.

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