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