Hurdles feared on opening day

Tebogo Monama

Tebogo Monama

Late registrations and a shortage of stationery are some of the problems anticipated as the new school year starts tomorrow.

Tumi Ramasike, chairman of the National Governing Bodies Association in Soweto, said: "We anticipate that on the first day of school, parents will be rushing to register their children."

Ramasike said parents were still unsure if all schools had stationery and books.

Last year, the Gauteng education department distributed money for stationery and maintenance to 102 Soweto schools - late.

"Since some schools received money late for stationery, they might not have supplies on Wednesday."

He said another major problem facing schools was what to do with pupils who had failed matric.

"A large number of pupils failed matric last year and we have to see what to do with them."

Matric pupils who failed last year's exams cannot go back to school because a new OBE curriculum - the Revised National Curriculum Statements (NCS) is being introduced.

The national Education Department said they would embark on a registration drive from January 18 for pupils who failed matric.

The department would hold five-month, intensive revision workshops and supplementary exams will be written in May and June.

"The department always makes promises and it is the parents' duty to keep them accountable.

"Last year, they promised the recovery plan was going to work and it did not. So it is up to parents to make plans for the pupils," said Ramasike.

Ramasike said the organisation would access schools this week and come up with a plan of action next week.

In preparation for the school year, the Gauteng Youth Commission (GYC) has embarked on a back-to- school campaign, targeting young people who are of school-going age, but have dropped out of school.

Motshidisi Mokoena, GYC's head of communications, said: "We are going on roadshows to malls and schools, encouraging people to go back to school.

"We are also urging pupils who have finished school to donate school books and uniforms."