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LISTEN: Education MEC announces state of readiness during press conference

The MEC for education in the Northern Cape, Mac Jack convened a press conference on Monday to declare that the department is ready to administer the end-of-the-year examinations in all grades, in particular, the 2019 National Senior Certificate Examinations.

Last year, the Northern Cape achieved a pass rate of 73,3%, a decline of 2,3% from 75,6 % in 2017.

Jack said the Class of 2019 has a mammoth task ahead, to ensure that they further improve on last year’s 73,3% pass percentage.

“We have had various interventions with the sole aim of ensuring that our schools get maximum support with a strong emphasis on progressed learners.”

The department had various interventions following supporting programmes for progressed learners, which includes:

-Curriculum Roadshows for teachers addressing weaknesses in learner performance as well as teaching methodology and marking techniques;
-Development Clinics to assist teachers with lesson planning, teaching methodologies and development of assessment tasks, memoranda and analysis grids;
-On-site School Support to underperforming and high enrolment schools;
-Custodianship Programme, where Members of the Executive Council subject adopt a school, to provide intense and radical support to schools which have underperformed in 2018;
Holiday school: Autumn, Winter and Spring Camps;
-Other interventions include: Whole weekend lock-inn sessions, Saturday classes, Career Guidance, Cinema sessions, Compulsory Study Session, to mention a few and lastly;
-The final push programme, which included intense revision and consolidation of problematic content was instituted and monitored by Head Office and District Office officials.

The MEC said the department has done what it could, and that it is now in the hands of every Grade 12 candidate. “This is the final leg; therefore we would like to request everyone, especially members of the community to ensure that they support the Class of 2019 now more than ever.”

Jack urged parents to give the maximum support to their children. “We are confident that the Class of 2019 will do the Northern Cape proud.”

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