Prov­ince’s ‘qual­ity’ re­sults cel­e­brated MEC gushes over bach­e­lor passes as top achiev­ers tell of ef­forts

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GAUT­ENG might be the third best-per­form­ing prov­ince in the coun­try, but in terms of qual­ity ma­tric passes, it came out tops.

This is ac­cord­ing to Ed­u­ca­tion MEC Panyaza Le­sufi and head of depart­ment Ed­ward Mo­suwe dur­ing the re­lease of the pro­vin­cial re­sults in Davey­ton, Ekurhu­leni, yes­ter­day.

Le­sufi said: “Gaut­eng is the prov­ince which has con­trib­uted to the high­est num­ber of bach­e­lor passes in the coun­try. We are proud that we have con­trib­uted.”

The prov­ince has 20 per­cent of all bach­e­lor passes in the coun­try. The Gaut­eng pass rate of 85.1 per­cent showed an in­crease from 84.2 per­cent in 2015.

Mo­suwe said Gaut­eng rep­re­sented 17 per­cent of the to­tal ma­tric en­rol­ment, and also had a high re­ten­tion rate from grades 1 to 12.

Some of the worst-per­form­ing schools in the prov­ince are tech­ni­cal schools. Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Angie Mot­shekga said this in­di­cated “we are reap­ing the re­sults of con­di­tions which are un­nec­es­sary”.

She said a con­ver­sa­tion on the in­tro­duc­tion of tech­ni­cal maths should take place. “Maths is for those who have maths flair, but when peo­ple go to tech­ni­cal schools to be elec­tri­cians, they don’t nec­es­sar­ily want to be elec­tri­cal en­gi­neers. We have picked up the prob­lems with the cur­ricu­lum and are work­ing on it.”

Some of the best per­form­ers who were lauded at the cer­e­mony in­clude Them­binkosi Manyeruke from Tsakane Sec­ondary School. Not only was he one of the top per­form­ers in maths and science, who achieved 100 per­cent in the sub­jects, but he also got full marks for life sci­ences.

He was also named the third best-achiev­ing ma­tric can­di­date from a town­ship school, and re­ceived the MEC Spe­cial Harry Gwala Award.

Them­binkosi ad­mit­ted yes­ter­day at an awards cer­e­mony at Chief Al­bert Luthuli Pri­mary School that he had been work­ing hard all year to achieve this goal. “The hard­est thing was that I had to de­fend my po­si­tion in my school. I was num­ber one in my cir­cuit and I wanted to main­tain that po­si­tion,” he said.

The se­cret of his suc­cess, he said, was about pri­ori­tis­ing things that were im­por­tant in a par­tic­u­lar time, adding he at­tended af­ter­noon and week­end classes.

“There are many af­ter­noon and hol­i­day classes out there – one just needs to be in those classes. You learn from dif­fer­ent teach­ers and their dif­fer­ent meth­ods. When you com­bine them, you have a win­ning for­mula. Even on Sunday I at­tended classes,” Them­binkosi said.

He also had to stop tak­ing part in soc­cer and athletics to fo­cus more on his school work.

Them­binkosi plans to study math­e­mat­ics sta­tis­tics or ac­tu­ar­ial science.

The top-per­form­ing Gaut­eng can­di­date is Marle Grabe, 18, from Hoërskool Zwartkop. She plans to study oc­cu­pa­tional ther­apy at the Uni­ver­sity of Pre­to­ria.

Marle said: “It is very ex­cit­ing. I didn’t ex­pect it, and all of this is very over­whelm­ing.”

An­other can­di­date who did well is Mzwandile Buthelezi from Phu­mula Gar­dens Sec­ondary School in Vosloorus. He gave

We are proud that we have con­trib­uted

credit to the ex­tra classes he tool.

“It feels good but I have to give all credit to the Karabo Cen­tre (for maths and com­merce lessons). They groomed me to be­ing who I am,” he said.

Mzwandile achieved 100 per­cent for maths and phys­i­cal science. On whether he ex­pected this, he said: “I stud­ied hard and prac­tised hard for math­e­mat­ics. I started work­ing with the Karabo Cen­tre in De­cem­ber 2015. I didn’t do any­thing ex­tra­or­di­nary.

“This is a mile­stone. I am rep­re­sent­ing my school, it is a first for my school.”

He plans to study medicine at Wits Uni­ver­sity.

PIC­TURE: NOKUTHULA MBATHA

ELATED: Marle Grabe, from Hoërskool Zwartkop, was named the top over­all per­form­ing learner in Gaut­eng. She is seen here flanked by Ed­u­ca­tion MEC Panyaza Le­sufi and Premier David Makhura.

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