News clipping – The Mercury – 5 October 2010
KZN pupils urged to put in extra time
Schools in KwaZulu-Natal reopened for the final term yesterday, with matric pupils being urged to prepare well for the final exams, which start in 19 days.
The provincial Education Department and Congress of South African Students (Cosas) said that painstaking revision would characterize this term, with pupils expected to continue studying through weekends and late on weekdays. This was to make up for the three weeks lost in the school calendar to the strike by public servants in August.
KZN pupils were particularly concerned that a recovery plan was not in place to help them make up for the lost time.
The Basic Education Department said it did not have funds to pay teachers for working extra hours.
Provincial Education Department spokeswoman Mbali Thusi said the department would increase its efforts to assist pupils. This would include the distribution of learning materials.
By Sinegugu Ndlovu