Free TV initiative to help matrics

Free TV initiative to help matrics

Date Published: September 1, 2020

On Tuesday the 25th of August, the minister of Basic Education launched the new Woza Matrics initiative. Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motsheka, proposed this initiative to be the ultimate support system for the matric class of 2020.

The 2020 matric class  have experienced severe upheaval of their school year due to COVID-19.

Motshekga went on to state that this turmoil is felt across the board by all students in all grades. However, since matric is a seriously important year in schooling, the matric class of 2020 bare the brunt of the lost contact time.

What you should know

With the extent of the lockdown damage still to be fully realized, educational programs have pulled together with the Department of Basic Education to support the matric learners of 2020.

This comes as an attempt to save the academic year and hopefully see matrics move on to tertiary education next year, despite the disruptions.

What subjects will be supported?

According to the press release, the following subjects can be expected to air starting on the first of September.

  • Maths 
  • Life Science 
  • Geography 
  • Physical Science 
  • Accounting 
  • Economics 
  • Math Literacy 
  • English first additional language 
  • History 
  • Business studies

Where to find Woza Matrics

Starting on the first of September, Woza Matrics will be available across the country.  

Channels include SABC3, Openview and all DSTV Packages. Students will be able to catch Woza Matrics from 08:00-10:00 and 13:00-15:00 daily, every day of the week. 

Missed classes can be found on the DSTV Catchup App up until the commencement of the final examination period. This comes at no additional cost to users.

What Next?

Yolisa Phahle, CEP for General Entertainment and Connected Video stated that it is indeed the responsibility of these platforms to minimise the impact that this pandemic will have on the youth. 

Phahle continued to suggest that the key to their success lay in empowering students through education. This includes initiatives such as Woza Matrics.

Author: Andrea Frisby