Gauteng matrics beat target

2012-01-05 09:36

Gauteng achieved its 2014 target of an 80% overall matric pass rate three years ahead of schedule, the province’s Education MEC Barbara Creecy announced today.

The country’s economic powerhouse improved its 2010 pass rate by 2.5 percentage points to 81%.

Of the 85 367 candidates who sat for the 2011 exams, 69 216 passed, with 30 073 qualifying for university.

Creecy said this was the first time in eight years that the province’s matric results had improved two years in a row.

“Your Grade 11 year experienced severe disruptions in learning and teaching as a result of the World Cup and the public sector strike,” she said.

The province’s top performing school is Hoërskool Waterkloof in Pretoria.

Crawford College Lonehill pupil Kaitlin Cunningham was Gauteng’s top female learner while Albertus Johannes Malan of Pretoria Boys’ High was the top male matriculant.

Though 82% of male candidates passed compared to 81% of females, the latter made up 54% of the 69 216 who passed.

Out of Gauteng’s 331 schools, 91 scored above 80%.

Creecy has asked the province’s 16 151 unsuccessful Grade 12s to register at their old schools for rewriting or to seek advice at adult basic education centres.

Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane said the number of matriculants with special needs and circumstances grew in 2011.

Mokonyane and her MECs will visit schools on the first day of the academic year next week.

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