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The North West Education and Sport Development is ready for the reopening of schools for 2018 Academic year. Learners across all schools of the province will reopen on the 17 January 2017.

The Class of 2017 pass rate with the progressed candidates was 79.44% and without the progressed candidates was 82.1%. The progressed candidates passed the examination by 53.2%. The province dropped in the matric examination by 3.06% from 82.5% of 2016.

On the 15 and 16 January 2018, before the reopening of schools the department will embark on the Letsema School Cleaning Campaign. The main purpose of the campaign is to encourage the communities to always keep their schools clean and to commit to cleaning the schools before learning and teaching resumes at the beginning every term.

Immediately on the day of the reopening on 17 and 18 January 2018, across all the schools the department has deployed senior and middle management officials to monitor if teaching and learning begins on the first day. The officials will monitor all aspects which could hinder the teaching and learning.

The North West Education and Sport Development MEC, SelloLehari was upbeat that his department was ready for 2018 academic year.

“As a department we have put the previous year behind us and our primary focus is on 2018 academic year. For this year our main objective will be how do,we improve the matric results as a province. We will line up programmes to assist the underperforming schools, expects in different subjects will be invited to encourage and motivate the teachers”, said MEC Lehari.

The parents who have not registered their children on time are still encouraged to visit schools near them on the 15 and 16 to do the late registration. From 17th January 2018 all school gates will be closed during the contact time and they will be opened at 14:00 for registration to continue.