Farm-school matrics put in extra study

2017-09-29 06:00


MATRICS at Thibane Combined School are studying at night at the school in preparation for their final exams next month.

The school, in the farming area of Pakkies, did not perform well last year - only one matriculant passed, the remaining 11 failed.

Parents have blamed a lack of teachers at the school, but the
Department of Education made it clear that the school does not require more.

Last year the school had nine teachers for Grade R to Grade 12, and a retired teacher was asked by parents to teach geography because there wasn’t one for the Grade 12 class.

In May the DoE sent another teacher to teach English, social sciences and natural sciences for Grades 4, 5 and 6.

To help the school get better year-end results the department in July told the matrics to go to Mount Currie Secondary in Kokstad to be taught by experienced teachers.

The pupils spent two months at the school but when they returned they complained about the lack of
English and Xhosa teachers.

A parent, Nokwakha Maduna, blamed the Department of Education for sending pupils to Mount Currie instead of providing more teachers for Thibane.

“For many years we have been fighting with government to send more teachers, but we don’t get listened to, so to save our children’s future we asked teachers to work extra hours.”

She said parents also remain at the school when the matrics study at night to guard them.

“We have sleepless nights praying for our children to make us proud at the end of the year,” said Maduna.


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