The Northern Cape was the province with the most improved pass rate in the 2021 Matric results. Their matric pass rate climbed from 66% in 2020 to 71.4% in 2021. However, its pass rate remained lower than the national average of 76.4%.
In order to invest more in education, the Department has received a R7.67 billion allocation for the 2022/23 financial year, the bulk of which, R5.5 billion, will be spent on the province's 556 public ordinary schools.
Monakali revealed that the department will look to modernise schools in the province and have already opened ten cyberlabs at high schools in the Northern Cape's five districts. The cyberlabs are unique as they house the four economic drivers in the Northern Cape. These economic drivers are Mining, Agriculture, Astronomy and Solar Energy.
He explained, “Learners are able to navigate various dimensions of each of these zones, via giant multi-touch high resolution screens, watch 3D animations, take virtual tours and engage with interactive content and simulations, giving them continued career guidance and stimulation for innovation and lifelong learning.”
The MEC also announced that 1 200 tablets with data were issued to Grade 12 learners at 12 participating schools in the John Taolo Gaetsewe District. This was in partnership with the John Taolo Gaetsewe Development Trust.
Telecommunications giant MTN donated 200 tablets to Matric learners at the Gariep High School and Petrusville High Schools. The Department wants to procure 13 000 tablets with zero-rated data software for all Grade 12’s in the province.
It is believed that these tablets will allow learners to access the Pocket School Platform. The platform integrates real-time video lessons with a management system which provides learners with guidance on the content they are struggling with.
“The tablets come preloaded with a complete content repository of Grade 12 high value content and study guides. In addition to this, video lessons and animations have been loaded to simplify the learning experience. 16 Applications with previous question papers and exercises have also been loaded and operated with zero data costs,” concluded Monakali.