BY REGINALD KANYANE
THE EDUCATION and sport development department said winter school campaign was going accordingly so far. The department spokesperson, Elias Malindi said they embarked on the Winter Camps programme to prepare Grade 12 for final examinations.
Malindi said the 35 519 Grade 12 pupils are currently in Winter Camps across the province. He added that pupils will be in camp until July 16.
“The Winter Camps were pursued after the smooth mid-year examination process. The mid-year examination was based on the syllabus. Pupils have done since the beginning of the year. We intend to prepare them for the final examination to be written at the end of the year.
“These examinations assist the educators to observe if pupils have understood the work done to this far. The department has put aside an amount of R6 873 690 to ensure that the winter camp programmes run successfully. There are 68 venues across the province in all four districts. We accommodate pupils and teachers during this period,” he said.
According to Malindi, winter camps are intended to assist and prepare pupils. He said they need to be able to deal with areas which they did not understand in their classes.
“This will enable them to write legibly and think critically. They will also apply the acquired knowledge and skills during their final examination. We are grateful of the smooth running of the mid-year examination.,” Malindi.
The department was happy the way in which the examination process has unfolded. MEC Sello Lehari applauded educators’ professionalism.
“I am also confident that our pupils have done well in mid-year examinations. Winter Camps are like a golden opportunity. Pupils must use and embrace it well. At these camps, pupils should not be scared to indicate their problematic areas. There are experts in various subjects to assist them. We also urge parents to assist pupils of other Grades to focus on their school work,” he said.
The schools for quarter three will reopen on July 18.
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