Poorly performing schools to suffer most

2010-09-03 00:00

DIFFERENCES in achievement between government schools seen as elite and those viewed as performing poorly could widen because of the public service strike.

While there have been attempts to close down former model C schools, they have suffered minimal disruptions.

Most pupils in these schools are writing trial examinations, while their counterparts, some of whom claim to have been out of school since early August, said they have not even completed the syllabus.

Said one principal, “The fact is we are too close to the exams. Our children need to put their heads down and focus.

“Matrics simply can’t afford to be away. I’m afraid that since the levels of disruption have not been the same, it will widen the existing gap in schools.”

Another principal said it will be interesting to see what the exams will yield at the end of the year.

For the affected pupils, the principal said, the strike will interfere with the completion of the syllabus, consolidation, revision and remedial work, which are all critical.

“What confidence would the learners have going into the final exams if they don’t get a chance to write the preparatory exams? Remedial work is equally important to correct whatever cracks there might still be.”

A principal at an Edendale school told The Witness he believes the writing is already on the wall.

“I am very worried and have no doubt that these exams will be hard-hitting for us.

“We have not even finished the syllabus. Things are upside down.”

The head of a Northdale school was more confident about putting together an effective recovery programme.

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