13.8.2020 07:14 pm
Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, all matrics are expected to have completed their syllabus by now, while schools and experts say there shouldn’t be too many hiccups in the upcoming examinations.
South Africa’s matric class of 2020 were expected to cram their whole syllabus into a few anxious months, but schools say they are ready and optimistic that most pupils will make it to the exam room.
Grade 12 pupils were allowed a week’s break, while those in Grade 7 stayed at home for two weeks and were expected back next week.
Education activists monitoring the re-introduction of the National Schools Feeding Programme have slammed Minister Angie Motshekga’s report on the scheme.
The minister’s first stop was at Eletsa Secondary School, where a group picketed with a banner reading #AngieMotshekgaMustFall.
The cycle will run from 3 August 2020 until the closing date of 30 November 2020.
Terms such as ‘h**not’, ‘k**fir’, ‘m*ffies’ and ‘products of rape’ were used to describe certain groups of people, the group alleged.
The revised dates indicate that the school year for pupils in Grades R to 11 will be concluded on 15 December, and the Grade 12 examinations will be completed by the same date.
In 2018, President Cyril Ramaphosa launched the Sanitation Appropriate for Education (SAFE) initiative in an attempt to rid schools of pit latrines.
In a statement, the department said there will be a break to separate the third and fourth term but only for one week from October 26 to the 30th.
Schools could close on 15 December, matric results to be released in February, leaked proposal shows
Public schools in the country are currently on a four week-long break, which was announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa last Thursday.
This comes as Nzimande also appointed a task team on the remuneration of vice-chancellors and senior executives.
Education expert says focus should be put on basics that need to be covered.
UCT’s deputy vice-chancellor: teaching and learning, Associate Professor Lis Lange, said the institution would not be able to maintain social distancing if it returned to face-to-face teaching.
Like many, Melanie Bala pointed out that this decision only further shows the inequality between the rich and poor in the country and in the education system.
‘I am appealing to parents to allow those who stay nearby schools to collect their food,’ said North West Education MEC Mmaphefo Matsemela.