GOBABIS: Omaheke Regional examination officer Frans van Wyk has described the holiday school for Grade 12 learners which ended here on Thursday as a major success.
The holiday school was offered to Grade 12 learners who had performed poorly in the examinations which took place in April, and was aimed at improving their results before the end-year final examinations. It started on Monday.
Van Wyk told Nampa in an interview that about 400 learners attended the holiday school, which was held at Wennie du Plessis Secondary School in Gobabis.
Four teachers from the Gobabis Gymnasium Private School, which has recorded consistent 100 per cent Grade 12 pass rates over the past years, were roped in to provide tutorship to the learners in mathematics, English, biology and physical science.
“I am very happy with the progress of the learners and remain hopeful that they will go and apply the new things they learnt here in the usual places of study,” Van Wyk said.
The learners were drawn from all the secondary schools in the region – Mokganedi Thlabanello Senior Secondary School, Wennie du Plessis, Epako Secondary School and Johannes Dohren Secondary School.
The re-opening of Wennie du Plessis Secondary School after the holidays was postponed to next Monday to make way for the completion of the holiday school.
A similar holiday school was held for Grade 10 learners who failed to make the grade during the April term examinations.
The classes were conducted for all promotional subjects offered in Grade 10 and ran between 17 and 21 August 2012 for Grade 10 learners who scored between 16 and 23 points in the April examinations.
According to Van Wyk, the holiday school is ideally timed to improve the results of the learners before the national examinations.
“It is all about improving performance, which is very important at this stage. We even have students who decided to come on their own even if they do not fall within the selection criteria,” said Van Wyk.
Van Wyk said the holiday school is one of the strategies the regional education directorate has embarked on to improve the region’s performance.