Premier and MEC Address Matriculants at Technical High School
The Northern Cape Premier, Dr Zamani Saul and MEC of Education, Mr McCollen Ntsikelelo Jack addressed learners this morning at Technical High School on their last day of the Technical High School’s winter programme.
As a means of responding to the goals of Action Plan 2019 – Towards the Realisation of Schooling 2030 and an improved National Senior Certificate pass rate in 2019, the Northern Cape Department of Education hosted 22 Winter Residential Camps as well as 40 School-Based Walk-In Centres for Grade 12 learners in all districts in the province from 16-26 June 2019. More than 6000 learners benefitted from the Winter School Camps in preparation for the final Examinations.
The Northern Cape’s 2018 matriculants were listed 7th in the country with a pass rate of 75,2%. MEC Jack instilled hope, encouraging the matriculants to work hard as they are the future leaders of society. He explained to them the great tasks that lay before them and that it is of importance that they prioritise their studies, “the country needs you,” he said.
The Premier explained that although he came from very humble beginnings, he did not let his circumstances or difficulties deter him from excelling, “I grew up in an informal settlement, however I did not allow that to define who I became. I continued working on building a strong foundation for myself”.
Dr Saul wants the matriculants of the Northern Cape to excel in their studies this year as half of the matriculants from 2018 are sitting at home and not furthering their education. The 6th administration is committed to moulding matriculants and promises that no student that attains good marks and wants to further their studies will stay home because of finances. “The Northern Cape has 12,500 matriculants and they deserve to be amongst the top performing matriculants in the country,” Dr Zamani exclaimed.
As explained per statement from the Department of Education and the office of the Premier, the Winter Camp Programme is made up of a series of daily presentations and tutorials with consolidation of content as the main driver of the programme.
Learners were assisted with conceptual understanding of the core topics that they will be examined in their final examinations. Tutoring was also provided by experienced teachers who have a record of high learner achievement at their own schools. Added to these camps, dedicated camps have also been arranged for Top-Achieving Learners, Middle Group (Average) learners and Technical learners. A wide variety of subjects were offered to the matriculants such as English First Additional Language, Afrikaans Home Language, Mathematics, Mathematical Literacy, Agricultural Science, Life Sciences, Physical Science,Technical Maths, Technical Physics, Accounting, Business Studies,Economics, History, Geography and Tourism.
The parents and educators were thanked by students and given a warm round of applause including a standing ovation for their commitment towards their winter programme. Educator Answrane Claassen said, “Each educator had three groups of students and the groups were rotated amongst the educators so that they could better assist in subjects that the learners were battling with. The learners were given extra resources and notes, everything was well organised by the centre management”.
Good luck to all the matriculants of the Northern Cape as exams are right around the corner.