Spring Schools Class of 2017


The Northern Cape MEC for Education, Ms Martha Bartlett as part of the final push campaign will visit Spring School Camps across the Province to have an audience with the Class of 2017 ahead of their most important exams, the National Senior Certificate (NSC) Examination.


The MEC will be accompanied by Kagiso "Mangi" Modupe, from Scandal as well as Felix Malapane to motivate, encourage and raise support for the Class of 2017, as they prepare for their final examinations.


The Spring Schools aim to assist learners in subject areas that have been identified by the districts and schools as areas that need further support ahead of the 2017 National Senior Certificate, particularly in our underperforming schools..


With the NSC Examinations around the corner, the Class of 2017 needs all the support they can get, specifically in problematic subjects. One of our main objectives is to ensure that as many learners as possible pass their NSC exams, therefore we have identified weak subject areas and target the necessary support according to the individual needs.


We have established 15 Spring School Centres which will accommodate 148 tutors and 3082 learners from 28 September to 09 October 2017 in the following Districts:

Namakwa District – Williston HS and Kharkams HS;

Pixley Ka Seme District - Umso HS, De Aar HS and Victoria West Combined;

Z.F Mgcawu District - SC Kearns HS and Saul Damon HS;

Frances Baard District – Kimberley Girls HS, Diamantveld HS, Kimberley HTS and NC Agricultural HS; 

John Toalo Gaetsewe District - Kalahari HS, Deben HS, Van Zylsrus HS and Batlharo-Tlhaping HS


We have also identified 10 schools across the Province, which will serve as walk-in centres for learners and offer learners the opportunity to question expert tutors in subject areas that they do not fully grasp. These tutors are carefully selected by the Department of Education and are experts in their relevant fields.


The Spring Camps will specifically focus on the following:

  • ·         Intense and rigorous revision and consolidation of problematic content;
  • ·         Strengthening of answering techniques;
  • ·         Analysis of structured questions;
  • ·         Improve learners’ ability to manage time effectively during assessment;
  • ·         Upliftment of learner self-esteem and confidence;
  • ·         Main aim is to effect level progression in performance through revision and consolidation.


What is expected of learners:

  • ·         Disciplined behaviour to be displayed at all times;
  • ·         Show respect for tutors, fellow-learners, supervisors and admin staff;
  • ·         Be punctual for all classes;
  • ·         Show total obedience for camp rules;
  • ·         Be mindful that you are a visitor to the centre and thus be respectful toward property;
  • ·         Complete all take-home exercises;
  • ·         Engage robustly in discussions in class;
  • ·         Adhere to the no-tolerance for substance use/abuse.


What is expected of parents:

  • ·         Ensure that learners at walk-in centres attend daily and are punctual;
  • ·         Ensure that learners complete take-home exercises;
  • ·         Minimise household chores to afford learners opportunity to complete take-home exercises;
  • ·         Motivate learners.


What is expected of Tutors:

  • ·         Be punctual for all classes;
  • ·         Be well prepared;
  • ·         Encourage and mediate lively discussion;
  • ·         Adhere to Daily Revision/Tutoring Plan;
  • ·         Be mindful of differentiation;
  • ·         Ensure learners complete all take-home exercises;
  • ·         Discuss answers to all questions in tutorials;
  • ·         Enforce discipline in class;
  • ·         Refrain from discouraging learners through negative remarks.


To the Class of 2017, it is time to put into practice what you have learnt throughout the year for a better future. It is a time to remain focused and create sufficient time to concentrate on your study materials. Parents already know that this is a critical period for you and will give you the space to concentrate on your exams.


Our message to young people is: you can succeed despite difficult circumstances, poor backgrounds and humble beginnings. Through sheer hard work, commitment and determination nothing can prevent you from achieving your full potential and your dreams.