Don’t forget your books, pupils told

2010-06-10 00:00

SCHOOLS in all nine of South Africa’s provinces broke up for possibly the longest school holidays pupils will ever know.

But the message from both teacher and student unions has been the same — as pupils join in the Soccer World Cup festivities, they need to also focus on their studies if they are to make the past six months count.

Siphesihle Nzuza, deputy chairperson of the Congress of South African Students (Cosas), said no matriculant should be misled into thinking they are on holiday.

He said Cosas has made arrangements with the KwaZulu-Natal Education Department for matriculants in certain districts to continue attending classes.

Nzuza said some schools have co-operated and have presented pupils with timetables, making provision for grade 10 and 11 pupils to attend maths and physics clas­ses.

“If we had our way, schools would not be closing for this long, but we do understand that the feasibility of getting learners to schools with all the traffic and the activities going on might be a challenge,” he said.

While Nzuza encouraged pupils to support and watch the World Cup, he advised them to watch matches at home on television if possible “in order to make time for studying”.

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