Department of Education urges children to stay in school after exams

Department of Education urges children to stay in school after exams

It is often a problem faced by schools and parents, what to do with learners once they have finished their exams. Some schools send the children home, others develop programmes to keep the learners busy.

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If children are sent home, the parents struggle to find ways to supervise them and keep them out of trouble. In school teachers have to find creative ways to keep the learners motivated, particularly in grade 7.

Some schools can do this without a problem, with excursions planned and lessons on the next year's content drawn up. However, some schools don't have the resources or facilities to provide engaging content for their learners according to the

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According to the law, learners need to stay in school for 199 days of the year, private schools 195 days. So in effect, if learners ditch school or schools send the children home, they are breaking the law. learned that Doli Myende, the department of education’s circuit manager, explained how difficult it is for teachers to keep the learners busy.

“Exams can’t end too late because of marking, moderation within the schools and assessment committees that need to award marks accordingly. Schools are encouraged to have post-exam programmes and Grade 11s should start learning content for matric."

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With break-up day scheduled for 4 December, the next week is going to be stressful for parents, learners and teachers.

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