Threats set back KZN study plan

2010-08-26 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal Education Department’s plan to set up a safe environment for matriculants to continue their studies during the public servants’ strike is being delayed by disfunctional district offices as a result of intimidation, despite a court order banning such action.

Ministerial spokesperson Muntu Lukhozi said the department is working to group schools in clusters so that matrics can use the time for much-needed revision.

Lukhozi said the decision was influenced by the fact that strikers continue to target pupils at schools and the police cannot attend to every school.

Driving the initiative are crack teams set up earlier in the month to monitor poorly performing schools.

The teams were introduced during an annual assessment session meeting this year, which weighed the schools’ preparedness for the year-end examinations.

Lukhozi said, “The decision to establish these clusters was taken after a meeting on Monday. But the frustration is that there has been no work going on in some of the district offices from which we depend for certain information because of the strike.”

She said this has also made setting up call centres, which ideally should be staioned in the different districts, a challenge. Through the call centres, matrics will be informed about the venues closest to them and where to obtain revision material.

“We want it to be up and running as soon as possible …

“The crack team will be deciding on how the clusters should be structured as well as looking at the possibility of moving from one school to another. But the process is at an advanced stage.”

The education authorities in the Free State, Eastern Cape and Gauteng provinces have announced the postponement of the matric preliminary exams as a result of the public servant strike, but no decision has been made on the matter in KwaZulu-Natal.



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