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It's all systems go as teachers and pupils get ready to work

By Canaan Mdletshe | Jan 13, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

ROLE players in KwaZulu-Natal expect a "super kick start" to teaching and learning in the province.

Thousands of pupils are expected to flock to school today to begin a shorter than usual school term, thanks to the Fifa World Cup which kicks off in June.

National Teachers Union spokesperson Allen Thompson said they visited several schools in three districts and were impressed by what they found.

"We found schools and teachers ready to start teaching. We prioritised districts and schools that did not do well and we are expecting classes to resume immediately," he said.

Thompson, however, expressed concern that there would be possible glitches at some schools.

"We established that at some schools teachers had either resigned or applied to be transferred, which means that principals have to find replacements. What is more worrying is that they were teaching subjects such as physical science, maths and accounting," he said.

Sadtu provincial secretary Mbuyiseni Mathonsi said their members had started preparing for this year a long time ago.

He urged teachers to start teaching on the first day because the "difference between failure and a pass is not the end result, but the beginning".

The department of education said infrastructure delivery, Learning & Teaching Support Material and school admissions were almost complete.

Meanwhile, the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal has called on principals to ensure that no pupils were denied the right to access education because of financial constraints.

Provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala said yesterday it was important that no pupil was turned away from any public school for not having registration fees.


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