Ramaphosa ap­plauds 2019 pass rate

Pretoria News - - METRO - STAFF REPORTER

PRES­I­DENT Cyril Ramaphosa has joined the cho­rus prais­ing the Class of 2019 on achiev­ing an 81.3% ma­tric pass rate, the high­est since the ad­vent of democ­racy in 1994.

“These re­sults are a tri­umph and a clear sig­nal that gov­ern­ment’s sub­stan­tial in­vest­ment in ed­u­ca­tion, in pupil and teacher sup­port and in ed­u­ca­tional infrastruc­ture is yield­ing re­sults,” said Ramaphosa fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment of the na­tional re­sults of the 2019 Na­tional Se­nior Cer­tifi­cate (NSC) ma­tric ex­ams on Tues­day.

The re­sults were re­leased by Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Angie Mot­shekga at Vo­da­world in Midrand on Tues­day fol­low­ing a break­fast for the coun­try’s top achiev­ers in var­i­ous cat­e­gories.

This is the first time the com­bined ma­tric pass rate has breached the 80% thresh­old.

The 2018 pass rate was 78.2%. Free State had the high­est pass rate at 88.4%, fol­lowed by Gaut­eng at 87.2%, North West at 86.8% and West­ern Cape at 82.3%. The best per­form­ing re­gion was Tsh­wane South, with Tsh­wane North in third spot.

Mot­shekga said 787 717 can­di­dates sat for the NSC ex­ams. In to­tal, 6.79% of the ma­tric co­hort earned dis­tinc­tions while 186 058 earned Bach­e­lor de­gree ex­emp­tion pass marks. There was an in­crease in the num­ber of girls who reached this level of achieve­ment.

Mot­shekga added: “We be­lieve that we have reached the de­sired sta­bil­ity. In any case, the ma­jor­ity of par­ents con­tin­ued to have faith in the pub­lic sys­tem; 96% of par­ents send their chil­dren to pub­lic schools, rich and poor.”

“South Africans can be proud that ed­u­ca­tion, like most as­pects of our nation’s devel­op­ment, is on an up­ward tra­jec­tory which should in­spire all of us to work to­gether to ac­cel­er­ate and main­tain ex­cel­lence,” said the pres­i­dent. He noted that the in­crease in the ma­tric pass rate in quin­tile one, two and three schools was indica­tive that the di­vide be­tween “rich” schools and poorer schools was steadily nar­row­ing.

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