Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga launches Woza Matrics

The initiative aims to support matric learners affected by COVID-19 disruptions. Watch it on Catch Up on all DStv packages.

The Minister of Basic Education Mrs Angie Motshekga has launched Woza Matrics, a free-to-air television initiative that is aimed at supporting the matric learners of 2020 following the disruptions caused by COVID-19.

The 12-week Woza Matrics campaign will start on 1 September 2020 and Woza Matrics will be broadcast on all DStv Packages from 08:00 to 10:00 and 13:00 to 15:00 daily on SABC 3. It will also be available for all to watch on Catch Up via the DStv app.

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It aims support Grade 12 learners in the build-up to their final matric exams by providing quality educational content in the following subjects:


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Life Sciences

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Physical Science

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Maths Literacy, English First Additional Language, History and Business Studies lessons will also be available, and a wide-reaching communications campaign will ensure learners, parents and teachers across the country know exactly where to find the subject and content they need each week.

A link to support materials will also be made available on 1 September 2020.

The Department of Basic Education developed Woza Matrics together with its partners following the many days of lost learning during school closures.  While all learners have lost school time, this is most acutely felt by Grade 12s where marks are important for career and university choices and where the content to be covered is fixed and externally examined.

The Council of Education Ministers welcomed the initiative saying that it would go a long way in assisting all learners in matric to prepare for the final examinations which start in November. The CEM urged all learners and parents to make use of the platforms as it would be beneficial to those preparing for the final grade 12 exams under the difficult circumstances resulting from COVID-19.

Woza Matrics is led by the DBE assisted by the National Education Collaboration Trust and developed in collaboration with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), Multichoice and eMedia Investments as well as with a number of educational content providers (in particular Digicampus, Mindset and Monyetla Trust), the Programme for Improved Learning Outcomes (PILO), and other educationalists.

“We are grateful and privileged to have been invited to contribute to what is a pivotal cause. The disruption to all of our lives as a result of COVID-19 is still yet to be fully realized, but our responsibility and commitment must be to ensure that we minimise the impact on our youth, by empowering them through knowledge and skills,” says MultiChoice Group CEO for General Entertainment and Connected Video, Yolisa Phahle.

Coverying a message of gratitude to all partners and sponsors for the role they’ve played in the development of the programme, Minister Motshekga adds: “This initiative has come at the right time when we are working to get schooling back on track. Matric is always stressful, but 2020 has been filled with unusual stresses.  I want to congratulate all our grade 12 learners and their families for the perseverance and determination. It is abundantly clear that additional support is required for learners and we will continue to provide this. There are a few months left before the end of the year and Woza Matrics will give learners the support they need to prepare for the final exams.”

The Minister recognised that COVID-19 had brought unusual trauma and stress to teachers, learners, and parents.  Woza Matrics has demonstrated the benefit of broad based collaboration between the public and private sector in addressing critical needs.  The Minister said she looked forward to further collaborations of this nature.

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