The government has instructed South African schools to give students in grade 4 extra marks of up to 5% in three subjects.
This is an additional 2% increase available to those in grades 7-9 in 2019. This difference leads to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 epidemic.
Hubert Mathansima Maveli, Director General of the Department of Basic Education, said that score changes and resonances are used as special distributions to keep learners at a high level during an academic year.
“By 2020, due to the COVID-19 epidemic disruption in Grades 4-9 and the associated learning losses, these special distributions will continue.”
The circular sent to schools by the government states that a maximum of 5% marks can be adjusted in three subjects and then another apology should be made for mathematics.
To do this, students who pass beyond their math mark should be allowed to pass a “forgiven” pass to the next grade in 2021.
Whatever the score they get for math, this is what Mwelly confirmed.
Mweley noted that students in grade 9 and those who score less than 30% in math should still be allowed to study grade 10 math.
“As in 2019, there is no limit to choosing only mathematical literacy as a result of approving mathematics,” Mwell said.
Consensus learners should have the math mark on their scoring schedule, with the letter “C” next to the mark to indicate that the mark has been forgiven.
In addition, the study report states:
“The math mark is approved and the learner is promoted to the next grade.”
Professor Mary Metcalfe, a senior research assistant at U.J., supported the decision of the Department of Elementary Education.
“We need to recognize that learning by the loss of learning time in 2020 will take several years,” Metcalfe said.
“Learners should be supported in a timely manner in an educational environment that minimizes stress and takes into account different environments in which learning can or cannot be done at home.”
She believes that teachers need to be given the flexibility to make the best decisions regarding learner forgiveness.
“[They] It is best to judge if the next grade learning context can support them. Metcalfe said.
However, UCT Education Professor Ursula Hodley said Times Live This decision is illogical as schools have already taken steps to address the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic.
“The reason given is to compensate for learning losses. But schools still had to deal only with assessing what was being taught (the majority of schools had a very small percentage of the average curriculum) and having a higher percentage of the mark reserved for school-based assessments (as opposed to exams), ”Hodley explained.
She said the decision is likely to result in more learners passing than last year, which will increase congestion.
“It will lead to a greater disparity in the classroom and make the work of teachers more difficult, especially when trying to reach the less privileged number of students in their classrooms, in an average year, to stay in the front grade. , ”Hodley said.
Debbie Schaefer, Minister of Education in the Western Cape (WCED), told My Broadband that she believed the decision was justified when it affected learners about the effects of the COVID-19 epidemic.
“However, it should only be for this year, and action should be taken next year to catch up,” Schaefer said.
“WCED is currently in contact with the DBE to clarify a number of assessments prior to providing guidance to our schools.”