Unions, parents confident in matrics ahead of September trials

2011-08-30 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL education bodies are confident that Grade 12 pupils are well prepared for September’s trial examinations, despite heavy rain and snowfall last month that saw schools in the midlands closing.

Education Department spokesperson Mbali Thusi said, “Schools that were affected by bad weather have a catch-up plan to recover the lost time. We have not heard of any school planning to postpone the exams.”

Pupils are scheduled to start their trial exams next month, with some schools starting as early as this week.

Results from the trial tests are used to gauge Grade 12 pupils’ performance at the National Senior Certificate exams at the end of the year.

The National Teachers Union, South African Democratic Teachers’ Union and National Professional Teachers’ Organisation of SA expect positive results.

KZN Parents’ Association chairperson Sayed Rajack said pupils have no excuses for poor performance as revision and studying do not only take place in the classroom.

“Even if some schools had to be closed due to bad weather, pupils had to use that time to do revision at home. All it takes is dedication,” said Rajack.

South African Principals’ Association spokesperson Sundrum Subramoney said schools have completed the syllabus.

“The disruptions in schools were very minimal this year compared to last year when we had the teachers’ strike. Teachers in schools where pupils lost out on education because of bad weather have indicated that they have recovered that time.

“Trial exams are indications of the education system’s shortcomings which we can work on rectifying for the year-end exams,” he said.

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