Newspaper clipping – iol on-line – 17 May 2010
Creecy offers lifeline for struggling matrics
Grade 12 students at under-performing high schools will qualify for free extra lessons throughout their mid-year break, the Gauteng Education Department announced on Monday.
The programme targets students from 276 schools across the province that achieved a 70 percent or less matric pass rate last year, Education MEC Barbara Creecy said in a statement.
The extra lessons would concentrate on subjects that produced the most matric failures in 2009, such as maths, accounting, physical science, life sciences and English as an additional language.
Research conducted by the department in January found that out of 30 397 pupils who failed matric in 2009, two out of three came from the schools targeted by the programme. All 276 schools achieved a less than 70 percent matric pass rate in 2009.
The free classes would take place on Saturday mornings at 96 sites around the province and would be held throughout the June/July break and in the September holidays, Creecy said.
Extra lessons would also be provided for students in grades 10 and 11.
The programme would run for four years in an attempt to improve the pass rate at under-performing schools. - Sapa