KLOOF HIGH provides an education which is essentially academic in nature, although some subjects do have a vocational bias. We strive to develop thinking, social and life skills across the curriculum, as these are deemed to be essential for equipping learners for the world of work of the 21st century.

Our School Learning Centre offers free tuition, Mondays – Fridays (3- 4:30pm) in most subjects. (I/C Mrs Roux). Supervised Homework Centre operates in the Media Centre.

This year we are continuing with the peer tutoring programme at school in which pupils are assisted constructively with their problem-areas in the syllabi. We will be using pupils who excel in certain subject areas to assist with homework and/or explaining work to other pupils. With learner-based tutoring programme, we have successfully improved examination results.

It is well known that some pupils respond better to a peer and often it is their peers who are able to break down a concept in such a way that makes sense to the pupil.

Tutors will receive recognition for their time in the form of badges, half or full colours depending on how many hours they work for co-curricular activities.

This tutoring system will be run from classroom 82D under the supervision of Mrs Roux during the following afternoons: Mondays (3:00 – 4:30pm) and Wednesdays (2:00pm to 3:30pm).

The most common learning problems relate to learners not being fluent in the English language, our medium of instruction. In primary school a vast vocabulary is not of paramount importance but unfortunately at high school learners are exposed to specialised subjects where terminology has to be mastered over and above understanding the English.

Kloof High is liaising with our feeder primary schools to ensure that those who have experienced difficulty in the primary schools will continue to be monitored.

A Learner Support Centre has been established where learners who are experiencing problems are assisted to improve their learning skills even if it means going right back to basics. This is done one-on-one or in small groups. This Centre mainly supports languages and numeracy. There is also a free learning service after school for all subjects.

There has been a change in trends over the years as the OBE system has left many learners disadvantaged due to gaps in the education system. Professionals are aware of these problems and are able to make an early diagnosis, assisting the schools in remedying the situation.

One of the greatest hurdles to remedying the learning problems is to convince the learner and the parents that they are in need of assistance and to persuade them to co-operate with those who are there to help them. It is also vital that parents form a close relationship with those assisting to aid the whole process.

Should you, as a parent, be concerned please have your child assessed by an educational psychologist. Parents should act on the advice of the educators concerned and seek the necessary help. Don’t try and ignore or hide the fact that your child has a problem as this could jeopardise your child’s future. Parents tend to disregard the advice of professionals when it comes to medication which could have been prescribed. Keep to the recommended dosage and only change on the recommendation of the specialist. Lastly, ensure that your child is properly equipped for school and at all times show your support for the learner and the school.