Matrics ready at 90% of schools

2012-10-01 00:00

FEWER than 10% of 1 541 schools failed to finish their matric syllabus on time, the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education said yesterday.

The department’s spokesperson, Muzi Mahlambi, said 115 schools missed the August 31 deadline.

Mahlambi told The Witness that there were various reasons why some schools could have missed the deadline, such as a shortage of teachers, service delivery protests and a lack of leadership.

The 115 schools are widely spread in the province.

Mahlambi said there were schools where the management was not “tight”: pupils were allowed to come late and study periods were not honoured by teachers.

“Disturbance of one week can have a lasting impact.”

“To a small extent, bad weather contributed, with the snow we had for two weeks, and rain. But this affected us and should be made an excuse,” he added.

Umkhanyakude was one of the districts that performed badly in 2011, the department said.

Therefore, all schools in the district would be sent to a “boot camp” conducted by lead teachers and subject advisers in different learning areas.

There are 666 schools that achieved less than 60% in last year’s Grade 12 exams, the department said.

These schools will participate in a spring revision programme that runs from today until October 6.

Dr Edith Dempster, a senior lecturer in the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s School of Education, said schools had been missing the matric syllabus deadline for years. She said this might not have an impact on the Grade 12 results.

“We’d like to see emphasis on deeper learning because the matric pass rate doesn’t mean that candidates are prepared for tertiary education.”

Dempster said it was possible that there would be a gradual improvement, of perhaps one percent.

She said she would like to see the efforts put into Grade 12 extended to grades 10 and 11.

Mahlambi said the department hoped the 139 000 registered candidates would surpass the 2011 pass rate this year.

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