The Western Cape Education Department is proud of the growing number of students registering for this year’s National Senior Certificate (NSC) exams. Thus far, 48 954 full-time candidates formerly registered for the 2013 exams, an improvement of 3393 students from the previous year.
There is still roughly 2 and half months to sign up and the Western Cape Education Department (WECD) is offering assistance across the province. The government is committed to assisting and help to create the best environment for students to write and pass their NSC. The government has organized additional tutoring services and lessons at some schools to help and assist these individual schools and their students.
Western Cape MEC for Education, Donald Grant, visited Esangweni Secondary in Khayelitsha and spent time with students along with their tutors who are taking part in the winter school programme. There are 216 high schools around the province taking part and offering students assistance over the winter school break.
The vast majority of tutors are selected by the WCED and in some schools there will be curriculum advisors assisting and supporting individual programs. Supplemental resource material will also be made available from WCED to enrich the lessons and programs on offer.
The main objective of the winter programme is to reinforce the existing programs being offered at the schools, in addition to improving upon the performance of a few individual schools who are currently under performing.
The campaigns and efforts of the Western Cape government over the past 4 years have revealed remarkable results and the province has managed to decrease the total number of under-performing schools from 85 in 2009 to 26 in 2012. All efforts will remain in place and the education department hopes to continue this trend.
“To this end, and in the interests of the learners at these schools, we will continue to implement our plan, which includes a targeted and sustained strategy to support under performing and struggling schools,” said Education Department spokesperson Bronagh Casey.
Source: SAnews.gov.za, westerncape.gov.za