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Northern Cape Education Making Progress

The Deputy Minister of Basic Education has applauded the Northern Cape Education Department for its efforts to make sure that all learners in all grades are ready for exams. The province has made notable efforts that could improve the pass rate and overall learning experience.

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The Deputy Minister was on a two-day oversight visit to Kuruman and Kathu in the Northern Cape this week. During the visit, the minister assessed whether or not schools were functioning properly since all learners returned to school a month ago.

“Schools in the Northern Cape are working tirelessly to ensure desired curriculum coverage prior to the 2020 National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations later this year,” Mhaule said.

She said schools and learners need to be fully supported in order for them to improve the pass rate and achieve more bachelors passes this year.

Mhaule also encouraged the Northern Cape to give support to primary schools and lay a strong foundation for learners in General Education and Training (GET).

She acknowledged the efforts made by teachers with comorbidities who returned to school this week, after having been granted concessions to work from home earlier this year.

She emphasised that even though teachers with comorbidities have reported for duty, the Basic Education Department and provincial Education Departments will not terminate the contracts of the substitute teachers it hired in their place. 

"You may be well aware that due to social distancing phenomenon class sizes in several schools are undoubtedly cut down, leaving the sector in high need of additional teachers," the Deputy Minister said. 

Mhaule has called on educators, learners and members of the public follow all Covid-19 regulations and maintain social distancing. She also encouraged all members of the public to wear face masks and sanitise hands at all times.

“As the basic education sector, we must take responsibility to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in our communities," Mhaule said. 

Northern Cape MEC for Education, Zolile Monakali accompanied the deputy minister during her visit. 

He said the provincial department is fully behind learners in grade 12 and it has finalised the matric intervention programmes which take place in October 2020.

"We are targeting close to 8 000 Grade 12 learners which will benefit from our final push activities ahead of the 2020 NSC examinations," Monakali said.

The interventions will include weekend revision sessions, Saturday classes and extended spring camps.

 

 

 

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