The Limpopo Department of Education has made strategic plans to improve matric results in 2017 and achieve a matric pass rate of 80% at the end of the year, according to the Head of Department, Beauty Mutheiwana.
Last year, Limpopo’s matric pass rate of 65.9% placed the province at the bottom of the food chain, followed closely by KwaZulu Natal with 60.7%. The worst performing province was the Eastern Cape with a lowest pass rate of 56.8%.
During a wide-ranging interview with Inside Education, Mutheiwana said that they have been having a series of discussions with the MEC of Education Ismael Kgetjepe to come up with sustainable plans that will ensure the province reaches its target.
“If we look at how we have been performing over the past three years, we have been going in reverse and these engaging sessions with the MEC will help us achieve our target,” said Mutheiwana.
She added that the department has rolled out a program which will see extra classes being held on weekends in a bid to support the Class of 2017, while also making other resources available to the Grade 12 learners.
“We have started with our Saturday support classes which are funded by the provincial office. We are also using educators who have given us good results in various subjects,” said Mutheiwana.
Grade 12 learners have also been urged to take advantage of the radio lessons which will be broadcasted on Limpopo’s three main radio stations in the province, she added.
Mutheiwana said radio broadcast lessons will run for a specific time before matric exams and that they have been communicated with all the schools in the province, so that they know at which date and what time a particular subject will be broadcasted.
Exams are expected to begin on October 23.
After battling with the issue of textbook shortages since 2012, the department of education in Limpopo said the matter was now a thing of the past.
The department has already implemented certain plans to ensure that every learner in Limpopo has a textbook for each of their subjects from January next year.
Mutheiwana said they have started the processes which will ensure that “come January 2018 we don’t have the challenges that we had with text books not being delivered.”
“All the schools have already placed their orders. Orders have all similarly been placed with the publishers and delivery has already started to the central warehouse within the province and by the end of October we should be done in terms of the delivery of textbooks from the central warehouse to the schools,” said Mutheiwana.