In their continued attempts to respond to the Action Plan 2019 and improved National Senior Certificate pass rate in 2018, the provincial Department of Education launched the Winter Residential Camps as well as Walk-in School-Based Winter Schools for identified Grade 12 learners in all five districts of the province last week.
Provincial Spokesperson Geoffrey Van Der Merwe says the Winter Camps form part of the departments perpetual interventions for the pass rates of the Class of 2018. “We have committed ourselves to provide them with the maximum support. Educators who teach the various subjects at the Winter Schools are recruited through a rigorous scrutinizing process. All the educators are Grade 12 teachers in their specific subject and have been involved in the various provincial examination processes either as markers or examiners. Because of their experience, they are able to prepare learners for their final examination and focus on problem areas,” Van Der Merwe said in a statement.
The subjects that are offered at Winter Schools will include English, Afrikaans, Mathematics, Mathematical Literacy, Agricultural Science, Life Sciences, Physical Science, Technical Maths, Technical Physics, Accounting, Business Studies, Economics, History, Geography and Tourism. Van Der Merwe further added that “the purpose of these sessions is to render additional support to Grade 12 learners in the form of revision and consolidation of subject content. In addition, learners will write a Pre- and Post-test based on the content which will be covered during the session. A total of 3300 learners are benefitting from the Winter School Camps as we prepare them for their most important final Examinations.
”The MEC for Education, Ms Martha Bartlett visited Winter Camps across the Province during the course of this week to motivate and encourage learners to do their best. The purpose of these visit is also to assess and monitor how the Winter Camps are progressing.”