Gauteng 2014 Matric number one in South Africa
By: Busi Mchunu
| GDE has been announced as the number one province in South Africa with a pass rate of 84, 7%. It has once again achieved the top national performance accolade. The event was hosted at Linder Auditorium, Wits Education Campus in Parktown
Though the performance has declined by 2.3% from the 87% in 2013 it is noted that this is the first group of learners to write their final exams that is Curriculum and Assessment Policy (CAPs) aligned .CAPS has benefited this class over the last three years as they started with it in Grade 10 in 2012. Concerted efforts were made at all levels to provide grade 12 learners and teachers with the necessary support towards the successful implementation of the 2014 NSC examination.
Gauteng has contributed the highest number of candidates qualifying for Bachelor Studies in 2014 with 36 843 or 24.4% of the 150 752 learners qualifying for admission nationally. ”I am humbled by the class of 2014 for them to be best in the country at 84,7%. This reaffirms our rallying call that, to be the best,you must beat the best . But we still remain concerned that our best is still not the best in the world. We have committed ourselves to compete with our African counterparts together with other developing countries of BRICS,” said MEC Mr Panyaza Lesufi.Particularly pleasing is the fact that all 15 education districts in Gauteng achieved a matric pass rate above 78,9%. “We are also happy that the country’s best performing district which achieved a 92,7% pass rate,is Gauteng West,” MEC Lesufi elatedly said.
The 17 year old Reginald Champala from Dr Harry Gwala Secondary School, in the dusty streets of Etwatwa Daveyton, was the star of the day obtaining a 100% pass in Maths, Physical Science, Geography and Life Science. He was honoured by Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, as one of the top students in the country.” “Grab all these initiatives led by the department with both hands and use them to the best of your ability. Feel free to ask questions, and revise previous years question papers,” said Reginald Champala. Reginald is planning to study Mathematical Science at Wits this year.
Top achiever in the Province was Lishman Sigourney from Afrikaans Hoër Meisieskool in Tshwane who walked away with an Ipad, one thousand rand and laptop.
Gauteng Premier, David Makhura, has congratulated the matric class of 2014 who passed exceptionally well under the new curriculum. This percentage represents a total number of 99 478 learners who sat for the 2014 final Matric exams. “I am happy, but I don’t want to say that 84, 7% represents our standard. We want to get to 100% which means that every year we must step-up our efforts,” said Gauteng Premier. Premier Makhura also attributed the improved quality of matric passes this year to the Secondary School Intervention Programme (SSIP) which is an intervention programme aimed at improving the quality of education in underperforming schools in Gauteng.
Those learners who did not pass their exams must register to write supplementary exams and the Department will intervene to help them with the necessary revision.
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