The Department of Education, having introduced a new model which targets ten education districts and 134 circuits, hopes to deliver incident-free National Senior Certificate examinations across the province this year.
When launching the exams countdown at the University of Limpopo (UL) last Thursday, Education MEC Ishmael Kgetjepe indicated that 96 831 full-time and 29 239 part-time Grade 12 candidates sitting for the exams in 1 669 centres across the province on Friday signed pledges promising to adhere to the rules of the exams.
He stated that they will be using the new, ten districts model for the first time having done away with the five education districts.
Kgetjepe further explained that the new model focuses on enhancing capacity of the district’s multi-disciplinary teams that work in schools and circuits. It will also enhance the district’s capacity to turn around low performing schools and drive school improvement plans by focusing on rebuilding institutions through whole school development and improvement methodologies.
“We are therefore drumming up support that will get our educators and learners in schools to do all they can to ready themselves for the upcoming examinations. We ask individuals from communities to adopt schools or learners and provide whatever assistance within their reach in addition to what the department has already done. As we count down, we also appeal to our influential leaders to make time to visit schools within communities, more especially the schools with a history of underperformance, and give that final message of motivation and support,” he urged.
Kgetjepe wished all the candidates the best of luck and urged them to prepare thoroughly in order to pass with flying colours. He further challenged educational stakeholders to wear school uniform on Fridays to support the matrics.
The gathering at the Onkgopotse Tiro Hall included Grade 12 learners, education stakeholders, educators and principals from different schools in the Mankweng circuit. Executive Mayor of Capricorn District, John Mpe and his Polokwane counterpart Thembi Nkadimeng were among the guests.
Story & photos: ENDY SENYATSI