Academic finishing schools needed for battling matric pupils

2016-01-07 06:52


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Polokwane - The failure of pupils who progressed to matric despite having failed Grade 11, has prompted the call for reintroduction of academic “finishing schools”.

Addressing reporters in Polokwane on Wednesday after the provincial matric results were announced, Limpopo premier Stan Mathabatha urged government to introduce finishing schools where pupils who struggle to pass, can receive the necessary individual attention.

“These progressed children who did not make it to Grade 12 [because they passed], but are in matric - that in itself creates a problem because they are not ready to write and pass Grade 12.”

Mathabatha said academic finishing schools would help provide a second chance for those who failed.

The province's pass rate declined from 72.9% in 2014 to 65.9% in 2015.

Mathabatha also asked provincial education MEC Ishmael Kgetjepe to investigate a boarding school model for pupils, who often were unable to attend school because of service delivery protests.

Both the premier and the MEC blamed the decline in the pass rate partially on the disruptive nature of the protest.

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