Observer on Saturday - - News - Sto­ries by Won­der­boy Dlamini

Eswa­tini schools of­fer­ing the South African Ma­tric syl­labus have once again out­per­formed a ma­jor­ity South African cen­tres de­spite record­ing a 7.15 per cent de­cline in pass rate.

The lo­cal schools recorded a com­mend­able 79.8 per cent pass rate in the 2018 fi­nal ex­am­i­na­tions, in­di­cat­ing a de­cline from the pre­vi­ous year’s 86.95 per cent pass rate. None­the­less, the lo­cal schools were recorded amongst the top per­form­ing cen­tres in the Ma­tric ex­am­i­na­tions.

Ap­par­ently, a to­tal of 12 lo­cal schools were reg­is­tered un­der UTech School as the cen­tre for Eswa­tini.

They are at­tached to Mkhanyakude Dis­trict, un­der KwaZulu-Na­tal (KZN) Prov­ince.

The KZN Prov­ince recorded an over­all pass rate of 76.2 per cent.

This means the lo­cal cen­tre per­formed bet­ter than its prov­ince. Speak­ing dur­ing a press con­fer­ence, U-Tech’s Ma­tric As­sis­tance Co­or­di­na­tor Thami Silindza said they had re­cently added three new schools in the cen­tre as they had only nine last year.

The newly added schools in­cluded Tubungu High School, Herolds Academy and New Life Academy. The 12 schools had a to­tal of 639

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