Through a programme called Dial-a-Tutor, the North West Department of Education is offering tutoring lessons to learners across the province. To get personal tutoring from a subject specialist, pupils who in grade 8 to 12 can call the toll-free number.
One of the subject specialists, Percy Modillane, who offers business economics tutoring, said the programme gives learners the opportunity to raise questions without fear of their classmates’ reaction. He added that teachers also benefit because they are able to request extra materials for their subjects.
The department said the programme was initially meant for the four-week school break but because of the unpredictability that comes with the coronavirus, it might continue into the new year. 17 year old, Neo Macklein who goes to Onkabetse Thuto Secondary School, said when she called the toll-free number, she was helped to understand her mathematics and accounting work.
North West MEC of Education Mmaphefo Matsemela encouraged learners to use the toll-free number effectively.“I take this time to encourage learners to strive on until they realise their dreams. I also urge our school community in the form of parents and teachers to embrace this programme, as well as to support learners to utilise the platform in order for it to be successful,” she said.
Learners in the province who would like to use the tutoring service can call 0800 383 383 from Mondays to Fridays, between 7am and 8pm.