‘No zero pass rate despite the challenges of Covid-19', says Education MEC

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waZulu-Natal MEC for Education Kwazi Mshengu.
waZulu-Natal MEC for Education Kwazi Mshengu.

KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education Kwazi Mshengu says they are not expecting a zero percent pass rate at any of the schools in the province despite the challenges of Covid-19.

Mshengu was briefing the media at Nyonithwele Secondary School in Edendale yesterday, where he went to monitor the start of the National Senior Certificate Examination.

More than 129 000 matric pupils across KwaZulu-Natal were expected to sit for English First Additional language yesterday.

Mshengu said 2020 had been a tough year for everyone, from pupils, teachers and departments as they had to contend with a situation that they had never had to deal with before.

“We are the biggest province in the system. If KZN does not pull through the whole country will feel the impact.”
KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education Kwazi Mshengu

He said disruptions were massive and they lost much time in teaching and learning time since March, but he was confident that we will pull through as a province.

“We are the biggest province in the system. If KZN does not pull through the whole country will feel the impact so that is why we have to double our effort and make sure that we not only score better for KZN but we are able to carry the country as a whole.

“We hope that what we did in this short time will be able to provide good results for the province and the country,” he said. Mshengu said they are not expecting any school that will get zero percent pass rate.

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He said the schools that performed poorly and got zero percent pass rate last year were given serious attention this year.

“In some of the schools where the number of matrics was too small we had to remove the pupils and put them to the nearby schools and we gave them extra support so that they could perform better.”

Mshengu further stated that the pupils who have tested positive for Covid-19 and those who present a high temperature upon arrival at the school will be allowed to write their examinations, but in specialised isolation rooms that have been prepared by the department in all the schools.

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