CentralSA#MatricResults: FS vows to raise the bar
─── KATLEHO MORAPELA 12:58 Tue, 23 Feb 2021
The Free State Department of Education has vowed to raise the bar and improve its matric pass rate. This, despite the province having achieved a pass rate of 85.1%, placing the province in the top position countrywide.
Speaking at the 2020 Matric Well Done Function, Education MEC Tate Makgoe said they are pleased the teachers and learners have outperformed themselves, despite the challenges they experienced due to the coronavirus. He said he is extremely pleased that the province has once again claimed the first position, with three out of five districts also making it to the top 10 districts countrywide. Makgoe has vowed to ensure that the remaining districts of Lejweleputswa and Xhariep also improves.
Makgoe, addressing the media alongside Free State premier Sisi Ntombela, confirmed that they will be strengthening their efforts to support more schools in the two districts.
Ntombela has, on the other hand, confirmed to OFM News, that they will upscale the number of local learners supported with bursaries.
OFM News previously reported that the provincial Director-General Kopung Ralikontsane, at the beginning of the month, told members of the Provincial Legislature that there will not be any further allocations of international bursaries, mainly due to budget constraints. He confirmed R150 million has so far been spent on financing 535 international students, whilst approximately R170 million has been spent locally for about 1021 students.
Ntombela, at the Well Done Function, told OFM News they are indeed experiencing budget constraints, but the province will continue funding those already enrolled at international institutions to complete their studies and ensure those locally are financially supported.