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Thanks to a video-learning initiative between The University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, The Free State Department of Education and Sonic Foundry, pass rates are on the rise in rural South African high schools.

To combat a lack of qualified teachers, the university’s ICT Innovation in School Education Department (ICTISE) provides support on core subjects such as mathematics, physical science, life science, economics, accounting and geography, to 60 at-risk high schools in the Free State Province in preparation for their final exit exams.

Highly-qualified teachers from around the Free State province record lectures in the ICTISE studio using Mediasite. The schools receive three hours of webcasts each day, as well as preparation and support for Grade 12 exams and revision. Teacher development and training programs are also provided.

The future of the project looks bright, because the National Department of Education in South Africa wants to implement the project in all nine South African provinces.

“Before Mediasite it was not possible to provide cost-effective daily support to teachers and learners across the Free State,” said Sarietjie Musgrave, Head of ICTISE at the university. “Now, we are recognized in South Africa as the state with the highest pass rate.”