Primary schools in Matabeleland North province have been instructed to hold vacation lessons for Grades 5 to 7.
Provincial education director Jabulani Mpofu said that schools that attained less than 30 per cent pass rate should hold mandatory lessons during the April and August lessons.
In a statement dated April 2 and circulated to primary schools in the province, Mpofu said:
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The province is worried about the pass rates for 2019, and as such, all schools which attained 30% and below pass rates at Grade 7 public examinations in 2018 are to hold vacation school for Grades 5 to 7 learners in order to prepare them for better performance.
All teachers in the affected schools should engage in the vacation school and concentrate on the Grades 5 to 7 leaners. Your dedication and commitment to learners’ performance will contribute to high learner performance standards in the province.
Meanwhile, Amalgamated Rural Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) president Obert Masaraure said teachers should be given time to rest;
Most schools that failed to meet the mark in Mat North lack textbooks, have poor infrastructure and have teachers that get paid paltry salaries. Teachers are supposed to rest and scheme for the next term.