Excuse matrics from domestic chores - KZN MEC
IN A bid to get high pass rates, the KwaZulu-Natal department of education has urged parents to stop giving schoolchildren chores after school and to instead encourage them to concentrate on their studies.
With less than 50 days to go before thousands of matric pupils tackle the finals of the National Senior Certificate, education MEC Senzo Mchunu yesterday, pleaded with parents to free matric pupils from domestic chores until they are done with their final year exams.
"It won't be a big deal for parents to lose their children during this critical year-end exams. If our children could start now to smell, think, eat and dream about their books, we could achieve a high pass rate in the province," Mchunu said.
He said it was not only about increasing the number of matriculants, but to make sure that they produce results that meet the criteria for study towards bachelor degrees at universities.
"There is no other miracle for pupils," he said. "Even a smart child gets distinctions in exams because they study. And (the) slowest child can get distinctions if they study more. Pupils need a lot of support from parents at this time."
About 500 under-performing schools scored below 60 percent in last year's exams in the province.
Education is one of the country's priorities, Mchunu said, adding that the province was given a certain target to achieve, including producing high numbers of pupils who pass maths and physics.