Pupils to get homework help

2011-11-03 22:34

Johannesburg - Pupils at under-performing primary schools will be provided with assistants to help them with their homework, Gauteng education authorities said on Thursday.

"We will be recruiting people [as assistants] who matriculated in the past three years who are between the ages of 20 and 21," said spokesperson Charles Phahlane.

Gauteng Education MEC Barbara Creecy launched the Extra School Support Programme in Thokoza in the East Rand on Thursday.

Phahlane said: "The duties of the homework assistants is to ensure that learners do their homework, facilitate studying, check consistency in doing homework, discuss progress and challenges experienced by learners in completing homework and report on successes and challenges."

The department recognised that some pupils were in child-headed homes while others had parents who were too busy to help with homework, Phahlane said.

The programme would be rolled out over a period of three years.

  • nozukol - 2011-11-04 01:26

    School librarie for unpreviladged pupils.

  • Nikki Bodenstein - 2011-11-04 02:28

    Maybe some dictionaries too...

  • Sledge - 2011-11-04 06:56

    Why ? Then re look the teachers at the school, if these kids are under performers my view is then the teachers are under Educators.

  • Hannetjie - 2011-11-04 07:15

    I just hope that these 'assistants' are going to be screened for competency. I had been in teaching for a number of years but if I look at the level of competency in reading, writing and maths of matriculants I have to wonder how they can help others. Reading a paper by a 2011 matriculant recently there were about 25 spelling mistakes and a number of syntax mistakes on 1 page, so how can this person help others? I agree school libraries and teachers who know how to really teach is what is required.

  • Vincent - 2011-11-04 07:23

    they must go to school and stop marching protests with the ANCYL.

      nokuthandwa - 2011-11-04 07:42

      Primary School children marching? I've never seen such. High School, YES but Primary School?

  • Mthuthuzeli - 2011-11-04 07:36

    Primary school pupils shouldn't be getting any homework in the first place.

      NewDawn - 2011-11-04 07:49

      I disagree with you, the sooner they start educating the better. We need good education to compete in this fast changing world of ours. If we don't start improving our education system soon, we will never get out of this mess we'r in right now.

  • Xavier7034 - 2011-11-04 07:50

    Here is an offer: I will coach 20 pupils in Grade 7 in the Soweto area - free for 10 months, as long as they are given free access to the internet. No catch. Every one of them will pass - I guarantee it.

  • Karabo - 2011-11-04 10:58

    Love the initiative, so far it is helping our students.

  • Lebusa - 2011-11-07 13:28

    Innitiative, well the jury is still out. I believe it's a wrong diagnosis and prognosis of a rather very sick patient (basic education). Research has decried the quality of teachers and seriousl systemic deficiencies that must be addressed as a matter of urgency. There are no short-cuts to quality education. Deal with existing systemic and classroom challenges. Create other avenues for unemployed matriculants to acquire business driven skills. Monitor the dishing out of 'meaningless'homework to pupils. Kids at foundation phase must have adequate time and space to do stuff kids of their age normally do, rather than get stuff in a homework ruck. Lebusa

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