Union prints booklets for KZN matrics

2011-09-05 13:42

Durban - More than 344 000 revision booklets have been printed to help KwaZulu-Natal matriculants prepare for their final examinations, Sadtu said on Monday.

"We have printed booklets for all subjects as part of our matric intervention programme because we want to improve the pass rate," SA Democratic Teachers’ Union provincial secretary Mbuyiseni Mathonsi said.

The material would be distributed to all the schools in the province before the end of September.

"Our target is to achieve an 80% matric pass rate this year. We want to beat the Western Cape this year."

Last year Gauteng was the top province with a 78.6% pass rate, followed by the Western Cape with 76.8%. This was followed by the Northern Cape with 72.3%.

KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State each had a pass rate of 70.7%.

"Each and every Sadtu leader wants his or her province to excel. The competition is high and we want to do better than last year."

The matric intervention was printed at Sadtu's provincial head office in Durban in conjunction with Shuter & Shuter Publishers, he said.

"We have decided to do it ourselves because the provincial department of education is dragging its feet. We approached them but we have not seen any commitment," he claimed.

The compilation of revision booklets began in April.

  • myancmyfutur - 2011-09-05 13:48

    I'm impressed though I still beleive the education sector should be de-unionised because the leadership of SADTU send their kids to private schools

      Mr. Fusion - 2011-09-05 14:55

      No, they became leaders because they knew someone who knew someone who could get them a job paid by taxpayers, a job they probably can't do

      myancmyfutur - 2011-09-05 16:19

      @Lacoste, the reason why I make a point about where they send schools is that nowadays labour union protests are not about money and imcrements or working conditions its more about pressuring the ruling party to make some concessions. Union leaders are more than willing to lead those kind of games at the expense of all the kids who go to public schools whilst theirs are continue learning. Its same as a nurse who has a medical aid and leads a strike at the public hospital where he/she works

  • Johannes - 2011-09-05 14:08

    It is not true that Northern Cape followed the Western Cape, It is the North West, pls correct your every time lie.WHY DO YOU HATE THE NORTH WEST SO MUCH? frm GOZI

  • non_citizen - 2011-09-05 14:26

    Somebody please explain to me. Why this revision booklet sounds like Matric question exercises for me. If it is normal revision study book, why it only revised now at the last moment? Shouldn't be introduced before the first term start? The matric pass rate can only get a big improve if students know what questions (and answers) are in the exam paper. If so, is this matric exam still the matric that we are talking?! Sorry, I just feel not good, for those students who study hard all the times. They deserve valued matric exam, but not this.

  • onegreenparker - 2011-09-05 14:27

    Here is a union action that makes sense to me. This is taking pride in ones work and healthy competition could make a significant difference. I am firmly in favour of a union that will do what government can't/won't do for our future.

  • John Jameson - 2011-09-05 14:30

    Bulldust !!! I'm not impressed. If schoolkids have textbooks and resources to the tune of 6% of GDP, then they don't need SADTU booklets. They do need committed teachers who do not shirk work and try to abdicate their responsibilities to a flippin leaflet. SADTU Kwa-Zulu needs to use independent schools as a benchmark, not the other provinces with similarly unionised teachers. That's like comparing rotten apples with more rotten apples rather than with the golden variety.

      King - 2011-09-05 14:38

      I would imagine that first comparing yourself against other better provinces would be a good start. We need to be realistic here. The guys are not going to suddenly reach the levels of IEB schools. First they need to be the best province in the country and then only look at using IEB as a benchmark.

  • Daemos1 - 2011-09-05 15:10

    Good to see organizations focusing on real issues that demand immediate attention, as South Africans we should complain that governement isn't doing their job, but we must also then take action where we can. Well done to Sadtu for making the effort, we need more stories like this.

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