Modularisation frustrates learners

Two learners from Seoketseng Secondary School in Mmaletswai outside Lephalale are desperately looking for intervention from the national Department of Education.
This is after they were introduced to modularisation when they were progressed to Grade 12 in 2016.
“Last year before we wrote our trial exam we were called as a QR Group by our principal.
He shocked us with news that the Department of Education has decided that learners who have been progressed are to follow a procedure in a programme called modularisation,” says one frustrated 18 year old learner who wants to stay anonymous.
She says they were told that the programme would assist them by relieving them of pressure through offering multiple chances to pass matric as they couldn’t handle all modules in one year.
Furthermore, they had no other option but to be part of the programme.
“As learners we felt we didn’t have a say, though there was a learner who stood up for her rights, fought alone and eventually wrote all her subjects, we did not and we salute her for her fight.”
What would later happen was that the students wrote only four subjects for their final exam and got the results in January 2017.
They then wrote the remaining subjects in June 2017 and the department promised that they would receive results in September.
“To my surprise other learners have since received their results and we didn’t receive ours. We are still waiting for them and nobody is telling us what is happening.”
Their desperate plea was that they want to start their studies at university next year and so far not getting their matric results is a stumbling block. They have asked the newspaper to spread the message so that other learners going through the same predicament can come out in solidarity.
Troy Martens, the Spokesperson for the Minister of Basic Education said the results should have been released by September this year.
Martens promised to check with the department’s exam division to verify if there was an error.
Pressed to comment on the introduction of modularisation to schools she referred to the department’s press release on Multiple Examination Opportunity.
The press release states: “For those who struggle, based on their performance throughout the year, the Policy on Multiple Examination Opportunity (MEO), can be applied. This policy allows learners to take their final examination in two parts. This implies that the learner writes a minimum of three subjects (excluding Life Orientation) in the November examination sitting and the remaining subjects in the subsequent June examination.”
Furthermore, the department says writing all six subjects in the November examination places learners under undue pressure and that can negatively affect their performance in all the subjects.

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