Education juggles options for recovery

2010-09-10 00:00

THIS year’s annual national assessments for grades three, six and nine have been cancelled, while lengthening the school day, suspending all extramural activities, holding classes at weekends and thinking of ways to best use the September holidays are options being evaluated for a recovery plan to stabilise schools after the three-week strike.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said in a statement yesterday she has asked all MECs to consider the suspension of all extramural activities until the end of the year to allow more time for teaching and learning.

She said a definite change will be the postponement of the annual national assessments for grades three, six and nine.

The assessments, which are used to compare the level of development in schools across the country, were scheduled for the beginning of November, but have been moved to February next year.

Many schools also use the marks from these tests as part of their continuous assessment.

“I have considered all activities that will impact learning and teaching …

“I am convinced that this provides the system with time and space to ensure that all pupils are adequately prepared for these assessments.”

Motshekga also said she and the council of education ministers are considering a range of options to extend the school day, conducting classes at weekends and making the best possible use of the September holidays to make up for lost time.

She said special focus will be given to matriculants during this time and called on all South Africans to rally behind the class of 2010 with the same fervency shown Bafana Bafana during the World Cup.

She added that provinces will continue to offer special tuition and mass revision programmes.

Matriculants were urged to make use of support materials made available on and

The department has to accept that the recovery of learning and teaching will need to continue until 2011 for other classes, Motshkga added.

Unions will be let in on the details of the comprehensive recovery programme.

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