Preparations for the matric class of 2020 in the Western Cape are progressing well.
The preparatory examinations for matric pupils at most schools in the Western Cape start on 15 September and last until 7 October, says Bronagh Hammond, spokesperson for the Western Cape Department of Education (WCED), when asked.
These examinations will give an indication of the standard of pupils’ work.
She says the matrics are doing well. “We are very excited about the 2020 group that has shown how tough they are over the past few months.”
The attendance rate for matrics has increased from 70% to 76%, she says. According to Hammond, it is pupils who attend physical schools and it excludes pupils who have requested to work from home due to underlying illnesses.
Hammond further says schools have been asked to structure their timetables so that all Gr. 12s are in the classroom, also so that teachers are there to supervise the teaching, along with the necessary work being prepared so that the relevant curriculum can be completed, and that revision is done for certain problem areas.
In some schools it is well managed, according to her.
Most schools have made arrangements to rotate teachers to ensure that Gr. 12s receive the necessary instruction from qualified teachers for specific subjects.
Matrics are encouraged to use technology. This year, as in previous years, the department will always offer extra study classes for schools that need it.