Tate Makgoe: “We have made education fashionable”

FS Education MEC says that having matric revisions rolled out on local community radio stations, his department has made education fashionable. Image: Supplied

Free State Education’s MEC Tate Makgoe beamed with pride at a media briefing yesterday as he boasted that his department has made “education fashionable”. Makgoe was making reference to a radio revision programme for Gr12 learners in the province which spanned over 20 days.

Makgoe said this at the former Vista University in Bloemfontein as he spoke about the successes of this program in which local community radio stations in the Free State were a part of.

He further added that the partnership between local community radio stations and the Free State education is one of the ways that the Free State can work together in ensuring that the pass rates in schools increase.

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He also added that the relationship was beneficial for radio stations in that listenership rates were boosted by close to 45% percent. Makgoe adds that the idea for this project came about after a visit from Kenya where the education minister announces the school’s performance on radio stations.

Makgoe said his department then decided to experiment with the idea of education on a mass platform. The FS MEC further added that these kinds of collaborations should persist in order “education a societal issue”.

The radio revision programme was broadcasted on community radio stations across the province from the 13th of October until 18 November 2016 to provide learners with content tips on examinations.