A grade twelve student leader in the nation’s capital is calling on the National Government and the Education Department to ‘postpone’ the upcoming Grade Twelve Written Expression Examinations together with the other exams.
The Written Expression Examinations is scheduled for the 17th August.
Marie Laua, who is also the Head girl of Gerehu Secondary School, speaking on behalf of her fellow students and those at several other secondary schools in NCD, has come out expressing great concern on the insufficient teaching and learning time and its impact on the scheduled examinations for this year.
Miss Laua told NBC News, the first two lock downs and this current one has greatly impacted on students learning especially those in the examinable grades.
“We did not have enough lessons at all, most of us, and we feel that they should postpone the exams so that we can have enough time to study other topics and subjects.
“This is really serious because education is our future and if they [Government] don’t take it serious as a top agenda, we are the human resource of this country and its like they are putting us right down there saying like we are not important and that’s how we feel right now.”
Miss Laua has meantime called on the Education Department to immediately come up with a strategy to cater for this lost teaching and learning time, and convey that to the students.
She says, if it means, having the academic year extend into the holidays – it must be done.
“They [Government] should come up with a strategy to help us in this situation, because we missed out on a lot of days in lessons but we can still make up for the lessons if the teachers and the Minister comes out clear on clear on how to make up for lost time,” Miss Laua said.
The National Research Institute had earlier sounded the warning about the teaching and learning time lost already during the initial lock downs, an approximate of over fifty days which is expected to increase now with this third lock down.
Schools in NCD are expected to resume on the 12th August 2020, however with the increasing COVID-19 cases in the capital – it is unclear how schools will operate.
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