On Sunday, 1 November 2020, Free State Department of Education sought divine intervention at Eagle Christian Church for the grade 12 examinations to run smoothly and for the province to maintain its first position.
Few learners representing 49 127 private and full time candidates attended the service which was broadcasted live on seven community radio stations which were: Motheo FM, CUT FM, Mosupatsela FM, The Rock FM, Setsoto FM, Dihlabeng FM and QwaQwa FM, which made it easy to reach all the learners in the province.
Free State Department of Education MEC, Dr Tate Makgoe is hopeful and has faith that despite the 2020 academic year being disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic. He emphasized that “Covid or no Covid, Free State is going to be number one again.”
Bearing testimony that challenges should not be a limitation to achieve one’s goals is a third year B-education student at the Central University of Technology (CUT), Thabang Nqeleni, who said the challenges should be seen as propeller to do more and rise against odds.
Nqeleni is a former learner who was not doing so well and was progressed to the matric class because of his age. This embarrassed him at first but he picked himself up and gained a university entry level after writing final examinations.
He is now ready to serve the Free State Department of Education with loyalty and dedication to give back to society and encourage underperforming learners to be the best.
Eagle Christian Church Pastor Kealenka Mophethe preached that learners need more of God’s favour and protection for the exams. He says their success can only come from God and prayed for all the learners.