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Learners' achievements were hailed by Parks Tau, who also paid tribute to teachers and parents, whose commitments were reflected in the results.
JOBURG’S matriculants have been congratulated for their achievements in their final examinations by Executive Mayor Parks Tau.

Executive mayor Parks TauExecutive mayor Parks Tau“Joburg schools produced some of the country’s top performers during last year’s exams. However, we should recognise the achievements of all our learners who have worked so hard during their school careers,” he said.

Tabling the national matric results in Pretoria on 5 January, Angie Motshekga, the minister of basic education, announced an increase of 2,4 percent on the 2010 pass rate of 67,8 percent. In 2011, 496 090 candidates sat for the exams, compared to 537 543 in 2010. Part-time students who wrote their exams numbered 80 116.

Tau also paid tribute to teachers and parents, whose on-going commitments were reflected in the results. “The City is proud of the class of 2011 whose years of hard work were rewarded with the release of the results,” he said.

“Learners from the city no doubt contributed to the 2,1 percent improvement in the pass rate of Gauteng – which has risen to more than 81 percent.”

The upward trend witnessed in recent years could be attributed to a growing partnership between communities and the education department to improve the quality of education.

In closing, Tau said he hoped that the class of 2011 would remain committed to improving their knowledge through continuous studies, and would use their skills to serve the social and economic development of Johannesburg and the country at large.

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