Free State education MEC attributes hard work behind their feat in matric results


Zodidi Mhlana

JOHANNESBURG- Free State education MEC, Tate Makgoe has commended the class of 2017 for its excellent performance in the matric examinations, citing hard work behind their success.

The Free State was a top performer for the second time in row in matric results after obtaining 89,8% in 2017. However, this was a decline compared to the 93, 2% it achioeved in 2016.

“It’s important to remember that  a province like the Free State with 85% of no fee paying schools allows a rural child from Qwaqwa a chance to participate in the economy of the province. It gives them a chance to be a doctor, an engineer and to be whatever they want to be in society. We say never look at your disadvantages, never look at your background, we say if you work hard you can be able to succeed,” Makgoe said.

He said that everyone involved in the education sector played a critical role in ensuring the great results were achieved.

 “I attribute the success to the parents that we have in the province, the teachers, the principals, the subject advisors and I think this team work together with us as districts officials, as provincial officers and the executive. Working together has helped to achieve these results. Many people thought that it was chance that we became no one last year. The fact that we have repeated the feat, people will start respecting the province of the Free State and other small provinces,” he said.

Makgoe said that they were dealing with various issues including overcrowding and shortage of teachers.

“The difference with us is that we don’t prioritise problems, but we prioritise solutions. As a leader, one of my critical responsibilities is to mobilise communities behind education and tell them that they must never undermine themselves. I’m so proud that one of the top performing schools in the province is Rantsane, it has given is 100% and 91 bachelors and it’s a school through my influence, they have dropped maths literacy,” Makgoe added.