Free State stays focused
TOP PROVINCE: RECORD-BREAKING MATRIC PASS RATE OF 88.4%
There is still lots of room for improvement, insists education MEC Tate Makgoe.
The Free State education department is determined not to rest on its laurels, despite the province taking top honours nationally in the 2019 matric examinations.
Improving the state of education in the foundation phase, upskilling teachers in the Free State and increasing the number of those who can teach technical mathematics are among the priorities for the Free State department of education.
Addressing hundreds of parents, pupils and teachers gathered at the Central University of Technology (CUT) for the announcement of the provincial matric results, education MEC Tate Makgoe said more needed to be done to improve the quality of education in the province.
This despite the province having reclaimed first position countrywide and setting a record-breaking pass rate of 88.4%.
Makgoe has assured the public that improving the state of education and producing top-performing pupils remained his ultimate goal.
He appealed to the CUT vice-chancellor, Professor Henk de Jager, to join hands in improving the state of education by increasing the university’s intake of students keen to enter the education sector, particularly those strong in maths and science.
In addition to Makgoe’s commitment to improving the state of education in the province, De Jager said CUT has a similar vision and long, good-standing relations with the provincial department, which they would certainly enhance.
De Jager said CUT had secured scholarships for 10 of the 100 top- performing matriculants, who wanted to pursue science and engineering degrees at the university.
Meanwhile, the department of social development has encouraged students who did not perform well in their matric exams to try again.
Spokesperson Lumka Oliphant said there was a matric support programme available for second-chance pupils provided by the department of basic education. The programme would assist students who wish to get a second opportunity to sit the exams. Pupils can register at their schools and district offices.
Oliphant urged pupils to refrain from succumbing to alcohol or substance abuse in an attempt to numb the pain of poor results and said the department had opened a command centre to provide counselling.
They can contact the centre on 0800-428 428 or by dialling *120*7867# – free on all networks. – OFM News
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