Vuwani learners register for catch-up programmes

At least 2 000 grade 12 learners from Vuwani in Limpopo are expected to start a catch-up programmes on Monday morning.


Schooling has been disrupted in the area for over two months.  This as some residents protested against the area being incorporated into a newly-demarcated municipality.

At least 2000 grade 12 learners from Vuwani in Limpopo are currently registering at three study camps as day one of their catch-up programmes get under way.

Grade 12 learners who were moved from Vuwani because of violent protests in their area, say they hope the programme will assist them.

On the first day of the catch-up programme, officials from the Basic Education Department helped learners get settled. In the morning, registration started. Learners and educators are expected to make up for lost time.

The three camps are spread across three districts of Mopani, Vhembe and Capricorn.

The Basic Education Department decided to hold the camps because of the ongoing shutdown of services in Vuwani. This was despite the fact that mobile classrooms were delivered to schools that had been affected. Learners are excited and hopeful.

“The first day we are very very busy starting with the registration we have to. We want to achieve good results at the end of the year with bachelor passes with distinctions. Everything is going well according to the plan. We waited for this time to come, so now we are busy with registrations and so on. I am grateful to be here because I know that I am going to pass; and learning is going to go on as usual, as you can see the first day we are busy with the registration so we’ll start learning tomorrow.”

Over the weekend, Minister Angie Motshekga encouraged  Vuwani learners to work hard in order to achieve good results.

Educators from Vuwani who are part of the programme say they are determined to work overtime in order to ensure its success.

“I teach English. I feel it is a relief as an educator. I was also affected by the situation; I felt for the learners and I think that this camps are going to help a lot in improving our results at the end of the year. We are going to do hundred percent plus because we realise that this is the last opportunity.”

Provincial Education spokesperson Naledzani Rasila says the situation in Vuwani will determine the duration of the study camps.

“The catch up plan is meant to keep our learners and to make sure that they catch up with their program during the school holidays and also towards the trial examinations should the situation be calm in Vuwani, that will determine whether our learners will stay in the centres or they go back to their schools.”

The Spokesperson of the Limpopo Education Department, Dr Naledzani Rasila says the situation is slowly returning to normal.

“Everything is ready for learning to resume in our three centres. We have been transporting our learners to the centres and we managed to accommodate them and the educators are ready so we are sure that we will be starting with our catch up programme this week.”

He says he is confident that the programme will help learners prepare for their matric exams as both learners and educators are equally dedicated to it.

The first phase of the catch up programme is planned to last two months.


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