The catch-up programme for
About 200 000 grade 10 pupils, across
The Basic Education Department and teacher unions have now agreed to compensate teachers.
Some of the pupils have been battling without textbooks for seven months and with only twenty days to go before the final exams, they only have this week to catch up.
“I feel good because we are catching up since we did not have books for the entire year, which was a setback,” says learner Comfort Maseko.
Another learner, Malebana Puleng, says that she feels that the catch up classes are good as her performance was not good in the previous term.
She says the classes are helping them improve.
The Department is confident that the programme will be a success.
“We think we will manage to catch up for the lost time. Children are at school and we hope that the teachers who are teaching the grade 10s will do a good job,” says Basic Education's Pat Kgomo.
Kgomo says that the learners are eager and ready.
After the school break, pupils will be taught after school for an extra hour. Teachers will also provide weekend tuition.