By Siboniso Ntuli
Classes for the 2007 matric failures, who will be writing their May/June supplementary examinations, have startedleaners,education, in KwaZulu-Natal.
The provincial Department of Education said these classes are only given to the learners who registered for this free tuition in January 2008.
The department?s Acting Manager for Media and Citizen Liaison, Christi Naude said the free tuition is only for the 2007 full time matric students who did not pass their matric examinations.
However, the supplementary May/June examinations are open to all candidates, who want to improve their results.
The learners are studying on Saturdays because they could not repeat matric at the normal schools.
As the class of 2007 was the last class to study under the auspices of the Interim Core Syllabus, known as NATED Report 550, a new curriculum has been introduced to the schools this year.
KwaZulu-Natal Education MEC Ina Cronje said the learners who did not succeed in last years? Senior Certificate Examinations will be given an opportunity to complete their certificate up to 2011 through this programme.
According to the department, the examinations set under the phased-out Interim Core Syllabus, Report 550 will be written in May and June of every year - until 2011.
The tuition will also be conducted during the March vacation classes, from Monday to Friday.
These classes will be held in the selected venues located in municipal wards, circuits, districts and Further Education and Training colleges.
The department also said every effort has been made to provide classes for learners in venues, such as schools, education centers or community halls which are closer to them.
Professional staff, educators, subject advisors and other departmental officials are available to provide tuition, support and monitoring to learners.
The learners would be provided with the learner support material in the form of stationery, study guides, past exam papers, set works and any other extra tutorial material.
From 2008 onwards, all learners in schools, from Grade R to Grade 12, will be learning under the outcomes-based National Curriculum Statement.
As a result, the Class of 2008 will be the first group to be awarded the new National Senior Certificate (NSC), a qualification that significantly raises the bar in terms of its cognitive demand.
The NSC Examinations will be written during the usual time of November every year.