FS aims for 90%

2016-10-19 06:00
FREE STATE MEC Tate Makgoe (blue jacket) in the midst of the 1 200 gr. 12 learners during the learner signing of the pledge committing to comply with examination rules at a function held at Kagisho Comprehensive Secondary School in Bloemfontein on Friday (14/10). Photo: Mlungisi Louw

FREE STATE MEC Tate Makgoe (blue jacket) in the midst of the 1 200 gr. 12 learners during the learner signing of the pledge committing to comply with examination rules at a function held at Kagisho Comprehensive Secondary School in Bloemfontein on Friday (14/10). Photo: Mlungisi Louw

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APPROXIMATELY 29 000 eligible matric candidates in the Free State are expected to begin writing the final matric exam today. According to the Department of Education, they will finish on 29 November with the results expected on 5 January 2017.

The Free State is aiming at a 90% pass rate and hopes 40% of the learners will get bachelors. And in line with this goal, MEC for Education Tate Makgoe has encouraged all the candidates to strive to do well in all subjects. He challenged them when addressing about 1 200 gr. 12 learners at the signing of the pledge function held five days prior to the start of the exams. The signing of the pledge event was held on Friday (14/10) at Bloemfontein’s Kagisho Comprehensive Secondary School.

By signing the pledge, the learners committed to comply with examination rules and credibility. The decision to encourage learners to sign the pledge was taken by the Council of Education Ministers (CEM) in 2013, mainly to curb examination irregularities. The CEM is a forum comprising all the provincial MEC’s and is chaired by the minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga.

According to Makgoe, the signing of the pledge since 2013 has significantly reduced irregularities in examinations. Encouraging the learners to excel in the exam, he said: “Your background does not determine your future. It does not matter how you began the race, what matters is how you finish it.

“We are doing well in Science and Mathematics, but learners should also focus on excelling in African languages,” he said. Makgoe also revealed that he had raised R2,1 million for bursaries that the learners can apply for to study at tertiary institutions.

At a separate event held on the same day in Botshabelo at the Lenyora La Thuto Secondary School, Premier Elias Ace Magashule quoted Nelson Mandela: “It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farmworkers can become the president of a great nation.”

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