June exams under way

2018-06-12 06:01
Then pupils of Hillcrest High School writing their 2017 exams.PHOTO: supplied

Then pupils of Hillcrest High School writing their 2017 exams.PHOTO: supplied

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“SENIOR school mid-year exams play a significant role in each grade and they should be taken as seriously as final exams but they are sometimes dismissed as less-significant than the end-of-year exams,” said Peter Kriel of the Independent Institute of Education.

He said that pupils view these exams as a test run for the end of the year, instead of seeing them as part of the progressive building of a house.

“They should, in fact, from Grade 8 be viewed as progressively building a house, laying the foundations, building with bricks and cement, rounding off and finally, putting the roof on the end product when you finish your matric exams,” said Kriel.

Hillcrest High School principal C. M Girvin agreed that the mid-year exams are as important for pupils as the final examinations.

“June examinations are as important as the final examinations and make a significant contribution towards this term’s mark and thus to the pupils’ final continuous assessment (CASS) mark.

“This, in turn, may determine whether or not a pupil passes the year.

“Pupils should thus knuckle down in the spirit of our school theme: ‘If it is to be, it is up to me’,” said the principal.

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