Mathemathics will become a compulsory subject for Grade 10 physical science pupils in Mpumalanga from next year.
Addressing pupils, parents and curriculum implementers at Thembeka Secondary School in KaNyamazane outside Mbombela on Wednesday, education MEC Reginah Mhaule said some schools had already started implementing the changes.
"At the beginning of this year, I told all Grade 10 pupils that it must be compulsory for those who take physical science to also take mathematics.
"We are discussing this with parents and curriculum implementers. "As I am speaking to you today, some of the schools are already implementing this call," said Mhaule.
Mhaule encouraged Grade 12 pupils to start applying for bursaries.
"By now, you must all know what you intend to study when you pass Grade 12, so you must start to apply for admission and bursaries immediately," she said.
She said her department was now handling all bursary applications submitted to the provincial government.
Mhaule said it was heartbreaking to see pupils who obtained good matric results running around the streets with nobody to assist them.
She encouraged the Grade 12 pupils at Thembeka to strive for a 100% matric pass rate this year.
She said the Thembeka school's success would help the department achieve its goal to improve the overall pass rate by 10% this year.
"I always feel small in national meetings because the province has been receiving the lowest matric past rate in recent years. So if we can improve our pass rate by 10% this year, the province will be at 74.8% and would have reached the 2014 target.
"This is up to you, so please make me look good so I can walk with my head held high in the national meetings of MECs for education," Mhaule said-AENS