Extra classes set to improve performance

2015-06-10 06:02

THE Department of Education in the Lejweleputswa district has plans afoot for extra classes aimed at improving the performance of learners in Mathematics, Commerce and Science subjects.

This followed a decision taken at the district’s Learner Performance Enhancement Indaba held during the weekend of 9 May at the Harmony Secondary School in Virginia.

Ada Niemann, DCES Senior Phase, said the decision to have extra classes was a result of input from the 600 delegates at the event. Attendants included principals and deputies, chairpersons of school governing bodies and heads of departments responsible for key subjects, namely Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Life Sciences as well as Accounting and Economics.

Niemann said 53 schools had been invited to participate to give input and give progress reports on what was being done to improve the performance of learners at the identified schools. The participants were divided into commissions which each gave feedback of the plans put in place to support and improve the performance of the learners in the identified subjects.

Niemann said the June examination would serve as a measuring tool of the success of the improvement performance plan which was aimed at helping learners improve their results in all the subjects identified as critical.

“The commissions have proposed progress plans on how the gr. 9 to gr. 12 learners will be supported to enhance their performance in the coming June examinations.

“The ninth commission focused on the heads of department for Life Orientation to give progress on how learners with lear-ning barriers at schools would be supported,” she said.

Niemann said the tenth commission, consisting of deputy principals, will focus on improving progress of gr. 9 learners at the schools.

To ensure the success of the proposed plan, support has been sought from the departmental officials at the provincial headquarters in Bloemfontein, local district officials and representatives of the Central University of Technology in Welkom.

“Plans consist of extra classes for learners on performance levels one to three and accelerated classes for learners performing at levels four to seven.

“School communities supported the initiatives taken in towns to strengthen and support the teachers to help the learners during weekends by taking care of feeding the learners and the safety and security during the classes,” said Niemann

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