FS Department of Education rolls out mass education

Free State Education MEC, Tate Makgoe with learners. Photo by Katleho Morapela

Approximately 32 000 Free State matriculants are expected to write matric exams in two weeks’ time.  Education MEC, Tate Makgoe, says the department has prepared for the class of 2016. He says the province is aiming for a 90% pass rate.

Speaking at the launch of this year’s revision programmes, Makgoe announced that the department of education will be working with all community radio stations in the province to provide subject moderators with a platform to offer lessons to learners.

Makgoe advocated for mass education and aims for the number one position in the country. The exams are officially scheduled for October 24 until November 29 this year.

“As the department, we are fully prepared to host the 2016 matric exams. Our learners are accepted at institutions of higher learning in Russia and China and other parts of the world because our examinations are benchmarked at an international level” said Makgoe.

Makgoe urges learners to make use of revision programmes and aim for seven distinctions.The number of learners who progressed from grade 11 to grade 12 has been reduced.

“In the past years, there were pupils that were progressed to higher grades based on the policy that was introduced by the minister of education. This year is, however, different. Learners who progressed from one grade to another had to meet selection criteria. They had to pass English and four other subjects. We decided to follow this criteria so that we can improve the number of high performers in the province” explained Makgoe.

Makgoe says this year the biggest number of learners who will write matric exams are from the Motheo District.

Katleho Morapela/ Courant News