Pupils to get homework help
Johannesburg - Pupils at under-performing primary schools will be provided with assistants to help them with their homework, Gauteng education authorities said on Thursday.
"We will be recruiting people [as assistants] who matriculated in the past three years who are between the ages of 20 and 21," said spokesperson Charles Phahlane.
Gauteng Education MEC Barbara Creecy launched the Extra School Support Programme in Thokoza in the East Rand on Thursday.
Phahlane said: "The duties of the homework assistants is to ensure that learners do their homework, facilitate studying, check consistency in doing homework, discuss progress and challenges experienced by learners in completing homework and report on successes and challenges."
The department recognised that some pupils were in child-headed homes while others had parents who were too busy to help with homework, Phahlane said.
The programme would be rolled out over a period of three years.