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Free-to-air television initiative to support Grade 12 learners

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has launched Woza Matrics, a free-to-air television initiative aimed at supporting the matric learners of 2020. This follows disruptions caused by COVID-19 which also caused schools to closed. The 12-week Woza Matrics campaign will start on 1 September this year.

This initiative will support Grade 12 learners in the build-up to their final matric exams by providing quality educational content. Subjects covered by Woza Matrics include Maths, Life Sciences, Geography, Physical Science, Accounting, Economics, Maths Literacy, English First Additional Language, History and Business Studies.

Woza Matrics will be broadcast on SABC 3, on all DStv packages and on Openview (Channel 122) from 8:00 – 10:00 and 13:00 – 15:00. Motshekga said the initiative will be aired seven days a week and also for free on the DStv Now Catch up app.  

“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. 

“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,” Motshekga said.

Woza Matrics is led by the DBE, assisted by the National Education Collaboration Trust and developed in collaboration with SABC. Multichoice and eMedia Investments, as well as with a number of educational content providers including Digicampus, Mindset and Monyetla Trust is amongst supporters of this initiative.

SABC GCEO Madoda Mxakwe stated that their role is to fulfil a constitutional mandate of delivering content that is intended to restore the dignity of SA’s citizens.  

“Education forms an integral part of our mandate, and it is for this reason that we have availed our platforms to advance the education agenda in our country.” Mxakwe said.

eMedia Investments CEO Khalik Sherrif further said the positive impact of Woza Matrics 2020 will be realised when the matriculants receive their results timeously.

“An initiative that is sorely needed in a year in which normal or expected behaviour and activity have been altered by COVID-19,” Sheriff said. 

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