With 130 days to go before the class of 2012 sits down for the National Senior Certificate exams, the KwaZulu-Natal Education Department has launched its matric intervention programme.
More than 35 000 pupils at 130 centres will be taking part in exam prep classes, taught by expert teachers. However, both pupils and teachers were the focus of the intervention, which would put special emphasis on the ailing subjects of maths and science, Education MEC Senzo Mchunu said.
The programme will run from the start of the winter school holidays until matrics sit down for their first paper on October 22.
While the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union commended the initiative, it believes that it should have been rolled out at the beginning of the year.
Mchunu said the intervention was a “tangible demonstration” of his commitment to ensuring that quality education became a reality.
His objective was to achieve what the department failed to do in 2011 – to improve on the provincial pass rate of 68.1 percent.