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Teaching will begin on first day, says MEC

By unknown | Jan 10, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

All Mpumalanga schools have completed pupil registration and teaching is expected to begin unhindered today.

Premier Thabang Makwetla, pictured, and education MEC Siphosezwe Masango will visit schools in the Gert Sibande region on the first two days of schooling to ensure that learning takes place.

They will visit six schools in Bethal and Amersfort.

Provincial education spokesman Hlahla Ngwenya said their visits were part of a campaign to ensure that learning begins on the first day of the school year.

"Our schools have a history of not teaching on the first day when schools open and the campaign was aimed at stamping out that culture," said Ngwenya.

In the past the first week was used to register pupils and tidy the grounds, and classes only started in the second week.

Makwetla will also inspect stationery delivery and that of other study materials at selected schools, hold closed- door sessions with school management and staff and talk to pupils.

Ngwenya said pupil registration was concluded and stationery delivered to all schools before the December holidays began.

"No pupil will be picking up papers. They must get into the classroom and be taught," Ngwenya said.

He said the number of pupils registered will be confirmed when they arrive at school today.

When Sowetan visited some schools in Nelspruit there was no sign of any pupils queuing for registration.

At Lowveld High in Nelspruit there was a sign at the gate that read that the school was full. The only pupils were those applying for accommodation in the school's hostel.

Sowetan was denied entry to take photographs.

For the first time Mpumalanga hit the 65percent matric pass rate last year.


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