Free State Education aims for distinctions


Ahead of the 2016 final matric exams, the Free State Department of Education is aiming for a 90% pass rate. Education MEC, Tate Makgoe, said the department has fully prepared for the class of 2016. To help with the performance of learners in Grade 12, the Free State Department of Education has rolled out mass revision programmes with all community radio stations in the province. “Our learners are offered revision programmes at schools during the course of the year, but with this programme we aim at initiating mass education for everyone.”
Approximately 32 000 Free State matriculants are expected to write their exams in less than a week’s time. Speaking about the state of readiness for this year’s matric class, Makgoe announced that examination centres and those who are going to mark exam papers have been identified. Makgoe proudly stated that the department is fully prepared to host the 2016 matric exams.
“I am glad that our learners’ performance has improved over the years, more particularly in subjects such as maths, science, and accounting and for that reason some of our learners are accepted at institutions of higher learning throughout the world,” said Makgoe.
Makgoe said all measures have been taken to ensure that no question papers get leaked fraudulently. He says Grade 12 learners have covered the curriculum and he is certain that the 2016 final matric exams will run smoothly. The signing of the pledge by Grade 12 learners to uphold credibility of this year’s NSC exams will be on October 14.
The exams are officially scheduled for October 24 to November 29 this year. Makgoe indicated that he is setting the bar much higher this year for matriculants, and urged learners and teachers to work harder as exams are approaching.
“We would like to retain the number one positon in the country and show the world that the Free State is capable of producing the best there can be. I therefore appeal to all learners to study hard and aim high,” said Makgoe.
MEC of Education, Tate Makgoe, is expected to announce the outcome of the 2016 provincial grade 12 examinations on 5 January 2017 at the annual Well Done Function to be held at the Free State Central University of Technology. – Katleho Morapela