Department of Basic Education (DBE) Minister Angie Motshekga plans to allow Grade 12 pupils who are not coping with the workload, to “modulate” their matric and have special remedial support.
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Grade 12 pupils who have not performed well in their trial exams have the option to focus only on the subjects they are prepared to write this year and focus on the remaining subjects in 2016.
Elijah Mhlanga, Spokesperson for the DBE, says this is to ensure that the pupils get the support and content knowledge required to allow them to attain a matric certificate.
The idea is to support those learners who are gifted differently and unable to cope with curriculum all at once. We don't want them to feel discouraged or that we don't care.— Elijah Mhlanga, Spokesperson for the DBE
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Mhlanga says schools will accommodate pupils on a part-time basis and offer flexible support and time with teachers.
Local educators and governing bodies have strongly criticised these plans, on the basis that more strain will be added to teachers and schools that already face limited resources.
Dr Jonathan Clark, Director at Schools Development Unit at UCT, says that the proposal in a bad idea in principle.