This year’s matriculants have faced multiple challenges because of the Coronavirus pandemic which forced schools to close back in March. To ensure that schools re-open safely, The Department of Basic Education (DBE) is supporting learners with various programmes to help them successfully complete the academic year.
One of these is the Woza Matrics programme, which was launched on 1 September in collaboration with a number of broadcasting partners and educational experts. As part of the programme, catch-up lessons on six key matric subjects are being aired on SABC, DStv and Openview (Channel 122) every day for 12 weeks, from 8am to 10 am and 1 pm to 3 pm.
The programme aims to help all Grade 12 learners pass their final examinations. It is unique and appeals to many because it caters for learners who do not have regular access to the Internet and connected digital devices. The Council of Education Ministers has urged all learners and parents to make use of the platform.
Woza Matric provides exam tips and live lessons, where learners can ask teachers questions. Woza Matrics recognises that while all learners have lost school time, Grade 12s have been the most severely affected, as their marks are extremely important for their career and university acceptance.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said the programme is vital, considering the disruption to learning caused by COVID-19. “Matric is always stressful, but 2020 has been filled with unusual stresses. I want to congratulate all our Grade 12 learners and their families for their perseverance and determination. It is abundantly clear that additional support is required for learners and we will continue to provide this. There are a few months left before the end of the year and Woza Matrics will give learners the support they need to prepare for the final exams,” she said.
SABC CEO Madoda Mxakwe said the broadcaster is proud to be part of the initiative. “We are pleased to be one of the key role-players in saving the 2020 Matric year. As a public service broadcaster, we are duty-bound to ensure that our content includes a significant number of educational programmes, particularly during a period when it is most needed.”