THERE will no 5 days of school holidays anymore to make up for lost time and catch up on the curriculum. This was confirmed by the Department of Basic Education as it noted with concern the amount of content that still needs to be covered.
The teachers are battling to cover the content and still maintain the quality of teaching and learning with most now teaching for the sake of meeting targets. The number of learners struggling with content especially numeracy and literacy has increased significantly with both teachers and parents very frustrated on the performance of learners.
In June the DBE scratched June exams resulting in students and teachers not being able to check their performance. The current performance of learners is very low especially considering the fact that no learner performance has been checked. The scratching out of the holidays will go a long way in helping catch up on the curriculum.
This however has not gone well with teachers and unions. They are both fighting the DBE decision to scratch the holidays with many stating the need to rest with many stating the need to take a break from the pandemic.