Matric rewrite revision on TV for pupils who failed

SABC Education in partnership with the Department of Education has announced a ground-breaking roll-out of technological support for about 200000 pupils who failed matric last year.

Many of them have registered to rewrite their exams in May and June this year. With the introduction of the new Grade 12 curriculum in schools this year, they are unable to go back to their schools to study towards rewriting their examinations.

The challenge has been to provide tuition to facilitate successful rewriting of their exams.

SABC Education and the Department of Education have collaborated on launching the Matric 2nd Chance campaign - which consists of producing and broadcasting the stimulating Matric 2nd Chance TV programme series on SABC1 and SABC2 daily.

Because not all pupils live in areas that have television reception, 270 community centres and high schools around the country have been selected and equipped with Vivid decoders that tap into satellite transmissions of 4-hour live matric revision broadcasts, Mondays to Fridays. The broadcasts started on Monday.

Deputy director-general for Further Education and Training (FET) Penny Vinjevold said: "The department is delighted to partner with SABC Education in the Matric 2nd Chance initiative.

"As partners, we were determined to find a way to extend the accessibility to non-reception areas so that every pupil would have the opportunity of utilizing television revision resources. Never before has an initiative of this scope been in place to support these pupils."

Top-drawer teachers will give daily revision lessons covering last year's syllabus until June 13. Seven subjects will be covered: Mathematics, physical science, biology, business economics, accounting, geography and English second language.

General manager of SABC Education, Simon Molaudzi, said: "We are confident that SABC Education is delivering support content to every pupil who needs it."

The call centre for locating equipped centres can be contacted on 086-22-22-592.