N West gears up for first school day

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Pretoria - The North West is abuzz with activity as teachers, parents and learners prepare for the re-opening of schools tomorrow..

Provincial education spokesperson Charles Raseala told BuaNews that teachers and learners were eager, adding that some parents were helping to clear school yards ahead of the new school year.

"We are ready and lessons will start tomorrow morning," Raseala said on Tuesday.

The province boasts about 1 700 schools. Stationery and textbooks have been delivered to the schools with 97 percent of the supplies already delivered to schools by last year.

"The remaining 3 percent of supplies are being delivered today and some were delivered yesterday," said Raseala.

North West recorded a 0.5 percent dip in matric results last year recording a 67.5 percent pass rate in 2009 compared to 2008's 68 percent.

Mokgara Senior Secondary School had the worst performance with only three learners passing matric. The top three performing schools were Hoerskool Rustenburg, Potchefstroom Gymnasium and Al Hudia Muslim School, Raseala said an analysis will be conducted and disciplinary steps will be taken for underperforming schools.

Next week, the province will host a two-day provincial workshop where the MEC education experts will discuss the way forward.

Education MEC Rev Johannes Tselapedi is expected to visit Hoerskool Vryburg and its adjacent primary schools tomorrow.