Pupils swap classrooms for libraries as strike disrupts their studies

2010-08-19 00:00

MANY school­­children in Pietermaritzburg are studying in local libraries, minimising the impact of the public servants’strike on their futures.

Said a Russell High matriculant who asked not to be named, “It is up to us to study. It is our future and we can’t blame the government.

“Whether there is a strike or not, we have to do something. At the end of the day, we have to get our matric.”

Despite the policy that allows pupils in only after 1 pm, libraries have opened their doors to them earlier, giving them access to study guides, textbooks and other resources.

“Most scholars have taken the opportunity to study in the libraries,” said Mandla Ntombela, acting head of the Msunduzi Municipal Library. “It offers a safe place for them to study.”

Pupils from grade eight to 12 and from a variety of schools were studying at the Bessie Head Library in Church Street yesterday.

“The strike has forced us to depend on ourselves,” said Sinethemba Mkhize, a matric pupil at Haythorne Secondary.

Grade 11 Edendale Tech High School pupil Neo Mashau said they should revise the lessons they learnt in the first term because they will come up in the examinations.

“The last report will be what determines whether we get a bursary or not. We cannot stay at home and do nothing,” said Neo.

Two teachers from different schools, who asked to remain unnamed, were also at the Church Street library and said that they have made provision for their grade 11 and 12 pupils.



Study Tips for scholars:

1. Don’t leave things until the last minute. Summarise class notes and textbook sections and avoid cramming at the last minute. Use flow charts and colour to help you remember things.

2. Do not stress. Make a daily schedule and keep to it. Allocate all activities including time to rest, watch television and play after-school sports. Stick it where you will be able to refer to it at any given time.

3. Use the SQ3R (Survey, Question, Read, Recite, Review) method. See the overall picture before you study in detail. Ask yourself questions as you read to ensure that you understand the material.

4. Talk to teachers about the material or study with friends. This will help to iron out things that you may still be confused about.

5. Practice, practice and practice. Do past examination papers for all subjects (not just maths and science). - From various Internet sites

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