Teachers may have to catch up in holidays

2010-09-09 00:00

MINISTER of Basic Education Angie Motshekga and her team are tight-lipped about whether schools will be forced to forfeit the week-long holidays this month following the three-week strike that has seriously hampered education, especially in townships and rural areas.

Motshekga, who met the MECs of the nine provinces yesterday afternoon, will be officially briefing the media on the department’s recovery programme for the matric exams.

This term was scheduled to end on September 23, but according to news reports, Motshekga has called for schools to make use of the short break to implement the recovery programme.

Addressing teachers and principals in a conference organised by the KZN National Professional Teachers’ Organisation of South Africa , Motshekga is said to have announced that the recovery programme during the holiday will include learning centres and study camps.

She is hoping for improved overall matric results from the recovery programme.

The principal of a school in Vulindlela said they always work through the holiday to maintain a good pass rate.

A principal in a Copesville school told The Witness that they had decided long before the strike was announced to work through the holidays.

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