The latest Free State matric pass rate has been a success for the class of 2019 as a whole but when one school helps another, the great results are even more meaningful. Hodisa Technical Secondary School in Mangaung achieved a 90.5% matric pass rate last year compared to 64% in 2018 with the assistance of Hoërskool Jim Fouché.
The Provincial Department of Education has started a programme where more advantaged schools are encouraged to adopt previously disadvantaged ones by sharing their resources and skills to improve education for all. This involved teachers from Jim Fouché giving classes to matrics at Hodisa before major exam periods.
Acting principal of Hodisa, Madoda Rabela, expressed with gratitude that the help of different teachers helped more learners. “When we had extra classes, they would come here, especially for Maths and Science lessons. They brought with them their own materials and their best teachers who helped our learners to grasp their study material better. We started to see the changes as a result of their involvement,” he said.
In a heart-warming letter to Jim Fouché Rabela thanked the school for not only sharing their teachers but for contributing towards Hodisa’s feeding scheme during the June matric camp. Deputy principal of Jim Fouché, Henri Wilken, expressed that teachers were glad to sacrifice their personal time to help learners.
“I taught them Trigonometry on a Sunday morning because it was part of the subjects that they highlighted. The learners were very disciplined and they are hungry for more knowledge. We could see that they appreciated the effort and wanted to pass matric,” said Wilken.
The two schools hope for a fruitful relationship going forward. “We were well received and the way that the teachers at Hodisa embraced us was amazing,” Wilken added.
Free State Education MEC, Dr Tate Makgoe, explained at the Motheo District Well-done Function earlier this month that the programme has been a major part of improving education in the province. “A secret weapon to our success has been to encourage ex-Model C schools to adopt schools in the townships and work with them. We have had feedback which will help us moving forward,” said the MEC.