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Matric learners in the province outperformed their peers across the country, with results higher than last year – and the highest in the country.

Gauteng has produced a 78.6 percent pass rate, 6.8 percent higher than the 2009 results and the highest in the country despite the 2010 World Cup break and the public sector strike.

Ecstatic: MEC for education Barbara CreecyEcstatic: MEC for education Barbara Creecy

The class of 2010 worked hard, they persevered and sacrificed, said Boy Ngobeni, the head of the Department of Education in Gauteng. “They turned around what was to be a year of doom into a year of great success,” he added.

The MEC of Education in Gauteng, Barbara Creecy, said it was the result of learners making sacrifices and showed commitment to their education.  “Credit for this achievement must first and foremost go to our 2010 learners who surmounted great challenges to achieve these excellent results.”

This pass rate is just 1.4 percent behind the department’s 2014 target of an 80 percent pass rate. The results were an indication of government’s commitment to improving the quality of education, she said.

Of those who passed their matric this year, 43 percent achieved bachelor passes (university requirement pass rate), a 33.9 percent rise from 29.3 percent in 2009. The number of distinctions rose by 5 000 to 36 548 in areas that have historically had the lowest pass rates.

SSIP programme
She said the rise in distinctions were due to the Gauteng Department of Education’s (GED) revised Maths Science and Technology Strategy and the Secondary School Improvement Programme (SSIP), which involved “...learners attending extra classes of Saturdays starting from the second term in April, during the World Cup and during the September holidays” to support the 216 schools that participated.

 

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All 216 schools in the SSIP programme improved their results but five schools produced noteworthy results, said Creecy. Inqayizivele Secondary achieved a pass rate of 94.8 percent, Lethukuthula Secondary with 88 percent, Musupatsela Secondary with 85 percent, Zitikeni Secondary obtained 81 percent and Leseba Secondary with a 75 percent pass rate.

The top learners from the SSIP programme are Selby Nkutha from Rondebult Secondary with six distinctions, Pamela Mmashadi Mainama from Phahame Secondary with six distinctions and Neo Modimokwane from Musupatsela Secondary with four distinctions.

 The SSIP programme focused on maths, maths literacy, physical science, life sciences, accounting and English first additional language. “We received 2 598 distinctions in maths, 3 513 in maths literacy, 1 580 in physical science, 1 284 in accountancy, 1 668 in life science and 716 in English first additional language,” she said.

 

MEC Barbara Creecy congratulates one of the top performers in GautengMEC Barbara Creecy congratulates one of the top performers in Gauteng

Twenty learners obtained 100 percent in maths and 13 achieved the same score in physical science. Creecy said that she was “...excited about the significant number of African learners who have achieved full marks in these important gateway learning areas”.

One such learner is Patrick Maloma, who obtained six distinctions and 100 percent marks for both mathematics and physical science. “I started the year with hard work and even when there were all the intrusions I continued to work hard consistently.”

For Samuel Modisha, who also obtained five distinctions with 100 percent in physical science, matric is all about consistency and dedication. “You don’t study in January and come June you stop, you study throughout,” he said. “When you are in matric you must not have another life except for books.”

Top five schools
The top five performing schools in the province are Hoerskool Waterkloof, Hoerskool Menlopark, Hoerskool Garsfontein, Hoerskool Eldoraigne and Afrikaanse Hoer Meisieskool.

Beverly Hills Secondary was congratulated for being the most improved school in the province after its results improved by 55.1 percent to a pass rate of 86.7 percent.

Creecy also congratulated the top performing learner in the province, Alexander Gerhard Johannes from Pretoria Boys High, who achieved nine distinctions and Pieter Daniel Grobler from a Learner with Special Educational Needs School, who obtained three distinctions.

She added that all the top performing learners together with two top performing learners from the SSIP programme, will be awarded a Gauteng government bursary to further their education in a university of their choice.

There are still a number of options for those that did not pass their matric or are unhappy with their results. “There are still opportunities to write supplementary examinations in February or re-sit the examinations at the end of this year,” said Creecy.

She added that schools will be running extra classes for learners writing supplementary examinations in February and ABET (Adult Education and Training) centres will from this year offer support to learners who want to re-write their matric.

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