Teacher let down by turnout of vacation classes

Danisile and Goodness Gama with Zanele Mkhatshwa.

A teacher from Emjindini High School, Moses Mgiba, has expressed his concern over the poor turnout of pupils attending the grade 12 winter-vacation classes.

“It is such an unfortunate situation when learners fail to attend classes that are expected to make a difference in their lessons. The attendance is so poor and this is bitterly disappointing. These classes are part of an intervention to assist the grade 12s in preparations for the National Senior Certificate examinations, especially for an underperforming school like ours,” said Mgiba who teaches life sciences.

A life sciences teacher, Moses Mgiba, assists the learners.

A learner who attends the classes, Danisile Gama, said they had been very helpful to her. “I have been able to catch up where I was falling behind. With such assistance, I’m adamant that I will do well in my examinations in November,” she said.

The Mpumalanga Department of Education has convened the grade 12 winter-vacation classes for underperforming schools since last Monday and will end this Friday.

According to Jasper Zwane, departmental spokesman, the programme was part of the 2017 provincial learner performance improvement plan, which is part of the national strategy for learner attainment that primarily seeks to improve pupils’ performance.

“The department has identified teachers with a proven track record in improving learner performance to facilitate the winter classes in order to expose the learners from underperforming schools to different techniques of teaching and learning,” said Zwane.

The following 11 highly enrolled subjects will be offered during the winter classes: maths, maths literacy, physical science, life sciences, economics, accounting, business studies, history, geography, agricultural science and English first additional language.


Richard Nkosi

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