Matrics Eastern Cape to write core subjects like Maths, Accounting in IsiXhosa and Sesotho


A cohort of matric candidates will write core subjects in isiXhosa and Sesotho.

  • The Eastern Cape has the first cohort of masters candidates to write core subjects such as mathematics, accounting and physical sciences in isiXhosa and Sesotho.
  • The group is part of a pilot project. Pupils learned the subjects in their mother tongue from the 8th year.
  • The provincial Department of Education hopes the project will help elevate both languages.

For the first time, the Eastern Cape matrics take their preliminary exams in isiXhosa and Sesotho.

The matric exams were written in either English or Afrikaans, but now the Eastern Cape Department of Education has also established Mathematics, Physical Science, Life Science, History, Agricultural Science and Accountancy in Sesotho and isiXhosa.

Trial exams are the last major exams matricians take before their final graduation exams.

The exams started on August 15. Candidates will also take their final exams in isiXhosa and Sesotho.

Eastern Cape education spokesman Malibongwe Mtima said the group will be the first cohort to complete their matric in their mother tongue.

He said that the students learned the subjects in their mother tongue from the 8th grade. He said 87,944 students from 800 schools are participating in the project.

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Mtima said the pilot project aims to improve the use of mother tongue in education.

“It will enrich us. We try to ensure that these languages ​​get equal status. It is immoral that the majority of people in this province speak isiXhosa but are unable to conduct business in their own language.

Eastern Cape Acting Head of Department Mahlubandile Qwase said the project was implemented in consultation with content-knowledge teachers and subject advisers.

He said:

This will enable the teaching, learning and assessment of learners in our schools across the province as it focuses on developing the standard of achievement in assessment.

Mtima said that through the project, they hope students will use their language skills to improve isiXhosa and Sesotho literature.

“Languages ​​are dominant because they have enough literature. Once they are in college and start working, they can help improve literature for languages.

He said the department is seeing an improvement in student performance.

“There have been a lot of improvements, especially in core subjects like math and science. They work very well. Their performance was stimulated by doing them in their mother tongue.


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