Reply by Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, on questions posed in the National Assembly for oral reply
4 Jun 2010
Question No. 1875
Dr J C Kloppers-Lourens (DA) to ask the Minister of Basic Education:
Whether her department provided any guidelines to schools in respect of the impact of the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup tournament on school hours, if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?
The Council for Education Ministers resolved that provincial education departments will develop and implement programmes for learners during the soccer world cup. These programmes are intended to engage learners in pedagogically productive activities while keeping them safe in this period. These plans have been covered in the media, a summary of the activities planned include the following:
- Programmes that are focused on preparing matriculants for the final examinations at the end of the year.
- Provinces are offering a variety of interventions for matriculants including help lines staffed by subject experts, winter schools or camps for learners across districts.
- Government is also working closely with organisations such as United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and other non government organisations to ensure that youngsters are also positively engaged in activities including safety awareness and school enrichment and cultural programmes.
UNICEF South Africa has scheduled twenty one (21 sports festivals in school communities around the country during school holidays, creating opportunities for children to celebrate the World Cup in their own communities.
Source: Department of Education
Issued by: Department of Basic Education
4 Jun 2010
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