Wordnesday: Exam Time

Here are some tips that will help you through your exam period: 5 Important Things To Remember & Do

1. Get the dates right. This is especially crucial for language papers as the various components are often tested on different dates e.g. examsListening, Oral, Composition and Paper 2. Put up the dates of all exams in a conscpicuous place at home.

2. Know what is going to be tested e.g. which units/themes. Once you know the units that are tested, you can better plan a comprehensive revision programme.

3. Ensure your child has the relevant worksheets and material returned from school. Teachers are busy and can sometimes forgot to return the materials that your child needs for revision.

4. Identify your child’s areas of strengths & weaknesses for each subject. This is important in helping you develop an effective game plan. Ensure that your child gets to work his intellectual muscles in all aspects of the subject. However, while you do need to spend more time on revising his weaker areas, you should not neglect giving him practice time on his strengths.

5. Set goals and targets for each subject with your child. Make this examination preparation a meaningful one for your child. Help put this revision process for an examination into context by helping him see that it is part of the learning journey, and not the goal. Sitting down together to discuss exam goals and revision plan strategies can help him more ownership in the process.

For younger pupils

Primary 3 pupils taking the examinations for the first time may feel jittery. Set them at ease by explaining to them that the exams is to help them find out what they are good at, and what they need to improve on.

For older pupils

Older pupils who are familiar with examinations can be engaged in more specific goal-setting and planning exercises. Some discussion starters I use with my students include:

  • Which subject are you most confident in? Which do you have least confidence in?
  • How would you like me to help you in your revision/preparation?
  • How well do you think you can do for this subject? (This allows for you to discuss specific scores. If you wish, you can help your child benchmark a progress target based on the previous term’s test e.g. improve by X marks)
  • In this subject, what areas/ topics are you most confident in? Least confident in? (You can get your child to rate the various components/topics according to MOST – MODERATELY- LEAST Confidence. )
  • Based on your confidence/ability levels, how should we work together on these areas? 

Putting the discussion points and goals on paper is highly recommended so that the revision plan can be referred to on a daily basis, reviewed and amended as and when needed.

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Word of the day: Hippopotamus

Say it: hip-po-pot-a-mus

Function: Noun

Definition: A large African animal that has an extremely large head and mouth and short legs and that spends most of its time in water.

Origin: Greek

Synonyms: Mammal

Example:East Africa is rich in all kinds of antelope, and the elephant, rhinoceros and hippopotamus are still plentiful in parts.


School closed with no plan – Section 27

Johannesburg – A Northern Cape school that closed over asbestos pollution concerns did so without a plan for the pupils’ continued education, legal advocacy group Section27 said on Wednesday.

The Khiba junior secondary school, serving 220 pupils from mostly poor backgrounds in Ga-Mopedi village in the JT Gaetsewe district, was closed on Monday, attorney Sasha Stevenson said in a statement.

desks“The closure has happened without any consultation with the school governing body [SGB] or the community. Most of the learners have now been sent home.”

Khiba has been seriously affected by asbestos pollution with urgent intervention needed to protect the health and well-being of pupils, teachers and community members.

“Section27, representing Khiba, has raised the concern regarding asbestos pollution with the relevant authorities,” Stevenson said.

However, the closure of the school without a plan to ensure the ongoing education of pupils was short-sighted, and a violation of the right to a basic education, Stevenson said.

It was also a violation of provisions of the SA Schools Act and the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act.

While Section27 supported the need for effective intervention regarding the well-being of pupils, teachers and community members, it required proper planning so the education of pupils did not suffer.

Stevenson said the education department met the SGB on Tuesday and said the two Grade 10 classes would be accommodated in open classrooms at a local primary school.

However, the department provided no plan for the ongoing education of the two Grade 8 classes and the two Grade 9 classes.

Additionally, no indication was given about transport arrangements, the school nutrition programme, the holding of exams, how long the school would be closed and the long-term education of pupils at the school.

Statement ‘lacking in substance and misleading’

Department spokesperson Sydney Stander said Section27’s statement was lacking in substance and misleading.

“The notice was served on the department by the department of labour after their normal inspection visit to indicate the buildings are not suitable for occupation as a result of asbestos infection,” he said.

“This was a legal order hence the school was closed. The district leadership met with the SGB of the school on 14th [Tuesday] and 15th [Wednesday] to take them through the order and its implications.”

Part of the intention of the consultations was to also brief the SGB on the alternative placement of pupils because there was space available at Lesedi high school.

“Transport arrangements have been made. Secondly, it is important that asbestos pollution is a national challenge and is not [just] an education problem,” he said.

“We have a… plan as a department to deal with worst cases where the asbestos is exposed, to replace it with concrete and corrugated iron because some of the schools have roofs and prefabs of compressed asbestos.”