DoE to focus on critical subjects

2016-01-20 06:00
PHOTO: sourced  KZN MEC for Education Peggy Nkonyeni.

PHOTO: sourced KZN MEC for Education Peggy Nkonyeni.

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WITH schools starting across KZN yesterday, the KZN Department of Education is confident that everything will run smoothly and that pupil-teacher support material had been delivered to most schools by the end of last year.

Schools who have not had their material delivered­ are advised to consult their district offices by Friday.

The KZN Education MEC Peggy Nkonyeni said everything is ready for the 2016 academic year, with the department paying special attention on critical subjects which they believe had a huge impact on the decline in the matric pass rate last year. Subjects include accounting, agricultural sciences, business studies, economics, geography, history, life sciences, mathematics, mathematic literacy and physical sciences.

KZN Department of Education spokesperson Sihle Mlotshwa said: “While the major focus­ of these subjects will be on matric pupils, we cannot wait to solve the problem when it is too late. We will also focus on critical subjects on all learning levels so that by the time our pupils are in matric, they [subjects] are no longer a problem.”

With the huge decline in the province’s matric­ pass rate, Mlotshwa said the department is currently drawing up a matric intervention strategy to assist schools that did not perform well. As another intervention strategy, Nkonyeni said the department is renovating and upgrading the provincial teacher development institute for the use as an in-service training facility for office and school-based teachers.

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