Bid to tackle pupil dropout rate
Province develops strategies that combat, educate, create awareness about social ills affecting pupils’ performance
THE province is determined to eradicate the pupil dropout rate through developing strategies that combat, educate and create awareness about social ills affecting pupils’ performance.
The three day conference commenced from Wednesday to today, at the Nelson Mandela University Port Elizabeth.
The youth conference themed Ndi Grand will purposefully revive and strengthen peer education programme in all schools under the Eastern Cape department of education.
Adelaid Paiva, 17, who is a pupil at Khumbulekhaya High School in Port Elizabeth says this is a great experience.
“I am not afraid to get out there and be informed about matters that affect my health,” said Paiva.
Ayabonga Saul, 15, from Nomzamo Senior Secondary School in Port Alfred says this programme should not be a once off. He says young people need to be informed especially on matters of HIVAids.
“After all the information I will be receiving here, I plan to have my own after school classes with my friends where we will be discussing matters that affect us as youth,” Saul said.
Leading this conference is the education social support services chief directorate which is tasked to educate pupils about these social ills that are an impediment to pupil performance.
Education social services director Zukiswa Njotina says she is really happy with the feedback they are receiving from the pupils that attended the learning sessions on Wednesday.
“A young girl spoke about how she was not educated about a lot of things but now that she knows a lot more she is confident to make the right choices about her life. A boy spoke about how he underestimated the power of drugs and how it kills one’s performance.”
Key to this conference is creating ambassadors who will help inculcate positive values and behavioural change to address risky behaviour.
The department’s Themba Kojana says they identified 925 schools that were being affected by social ills which resulted to high drop rates at schools.
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