Article by: Dumisane Dube
The National Professional Teacher’s Organisation (Naptosa) welcomes the decision by the Department of Basic Education to cancel mid-year exams for Grade 12 learners.
Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, reported that the current matric class has been nagatively affected by COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in learners having been unable to complete the 2020 syllabus.
NAPTOSA’s Executive Director, Basil Manuel, says they welcome the cancelation because its been tough for leaners since the pandemic.
According to Manuel, Grade 11 had rotational learning and matric relies a lot on the work done in grade 11, this means that teachers have to pick up some grade 11 work and they are not at mid-year yet.
“At the moment, we are estimating that they have done about three months of the year’s work and not the six months, which they ought to have done. We are saying it is more important to push to cover more of the curriculum so that every child gets into the final exam on an even footing where they have completed the year’s work,” said Manuel.
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