Dept launches 'catch-up programme'
Nelspruit - The Mpumalanga education department launched a "catch-up programme" on Monday for learners falling behind in their school work as a result of the national public service strike.
"Today (Monday) we remain with 38 school days before the start of the Grade 12 examinations... As we speak learners are unable to access classes, given the nature and conduct of the strike," said MEC Reginah Mhaule in a statement.
Mhaule called upon churches to open their doors for pupils to study in groups and asked parents to motivate their children to study and supervise them regularly.
The department said a radio support programme broadcasting daily lessons on Ikwekwezi FM and Ligwalagwala FM from 14:30 to 15:00 and 21:30 to 22:00 would be broadcast.
The Moutse, Kangala, Bushbuckridge, Middelburg and Barberton community radio stations would also broadcast lessons from 14:30 to 15:30 three times a week.
The department said learners could also use the dial a tutor programme, which was a toll-free line set up by the department from 18:00 to 20:00 from Monday to Thursday, where learners can ask guidance from teachers. The number is 0800-203-116.
Several learner supplements would be available in the following newspapers from this week: The Lowvelder, Mpumalanga News, Witbank News, Middelburg Observer, Highvelder, Corridor Gazette, Barbeton Times, Steelburger, Daller, Standerton Advertiser, Highveld Ridge and Ziwaphi.
Copies of the supplements would be made available at churches and community libraries.
The department said it would conduct weekend classes for Grade 12 learners from September 27 to October 1.
Copies of previous question papers and memoranda can be downloaded from the department's website: www.mpumalanga.gov.za/education.