Final stretch for local matrics

2018-10-18 06:02
Vuyolwethu Shushani and Sinovuyo Mpisekhaya, Grade 12 learners at Nomzamo High School, participating in the four-day study camp at the school.PHOTOS: MZWANELE MKALIPI

Vuyolwethu Shushani and Sinovuyo Mpisekhaya, Grade 12 learners at Nomzamo High School, participating in the four-day study camp at the school.PHOTOS: MZWANELE MKALIPI

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The matriculants of Nomzamo High School are literally camping out at the school as part of a revision programme run by the school.

The four-day camp was organised by teachers of the school in a final attempt to ensure learners are well prepared for the National Senior Certificate examinations, which started on Monday 15 October. It is also a means to continue the drive to achieve an increase in the school’s matric pass rate.

The camp started on Monday and ends today (Thursday 18 October), with learners gathering at the school from 16:00 to 23:00. While revision and studying is the objective of the initiative, it also sees teachers on-hand to assist with any queries. The learners are allowed 15-minute breaks during the study sessions.

When City Vision visited the school on Tuesday afternoon, learners were on their way to the classrooms, where mattresses lined the floors. Girls slept in one classroom and boys in another.

School principal Chris Mgubanto said they organised the camp to ensure the grade 12 learners arrive prepared come Tuesday 23 October, when they will be writing the first of two English examinations. He further reiterated the learners’ and staff’s goal of achieving a pass rate of 70%, a 4% increase from the 2017 results.

This is not the first year the school hosts the revision and study camp, Mgubanto explained. The first camp was held with the school’s grade 12s last year and, following last year’s 11% increase from the 2016 results, the staff decided to host the camp again.

“It worked well in 2017, with the results showing an 11% increase. This after the results of the first three terms had shown the learners’ performance would be poor,” he said.

The subject focus for this year is mathematics, mathematics literacy and business studies, while all subjects were focused on last year.

Mgubanto explained that the camp has four hour-sections per day and learners are provided with supper at night. There are also self-study sessions and the lights are switched off at 00:15.

Vuyolwethu Shushani said she is thoroughly prepared for the upcoming exams thanks to the focus of the camp. “I am obviously ready. The camp has helped a lot, because I could not concentrate while studying at home. Our household is large and there’s always noise, which makes it difficult to study,” she explained, adding the assistance of the teachers made a big difference.

Sinovuyo Mpisekhaya believes the camp has helped her to improve in Geography and History. “We feel ready; this camp has also improved our confidence. It has really played a positive role in our preparations as we all now know what we are here for,” she said.

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