Matric results show we’re not Mamparalanga – David Mabuza

2014-01-07 15:20

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The class of 2013 in Mpumalanga drastically improved the province’s results from a lousy 47.9 % in 2009 to 77.6%.

Education MEC Reginah Mhaule, however, said the department fell short of reaching its 80% target.

“When this administration took over in 2009, the matric pass rate was at 47.9% and our examination management systems proved to [attract] negative publicity,” Mhaule said, referring to a series of matric results scandals that started under the stewardship of Premier David Mabuza when he was education MEC in 2008.

Investigations found that the results were inflated by 20%.

The province was unable to fix the problem and matric results had to be withheld in 2004 while an investigation was conducted.

Mabuza, a former teacher, was smiling from ear to ear today when the improved results were announced at the Protea Hotel in Hazyview.

“As a former school principal myself, my school wasn’t dysfunctional. I would teach and was the last to leave when all other teachers had left. With these results [Mhaule] can be employed anywhere,” Mabuza said.

In reference to the scandals, he added: “When we took over [the provincial administration], the future was bleak. Everybody called us Mamparalanga. Where is Mamparalanga today?”

Twenty-five Mpumalanga schools got a 100% pass rate.

The best achievers in terms of school, district municipal area, local municipal area and circuit were:

» Hoërskool Nelspruit was the best school after all of its 230 matric pupils passed.

» The most improved no-fee school was Mathukwane in Casteel, Bushbuckridge. It improved from a 9.4% pass in 2012 to 100% last year.

» The deeply rural and under-resourced Nkomazi local municipal area came top of 18 local municipalities in Mpumalanga after getting an 85.6% pass.

» Amsterdam Circuit is the best in Mpumalanga after achieving a 91.1% pass rate.

» Ehlanzeni District recorded the highest pass rate in Mpumalanga at 82.8%.

The best pupil was Bhavika Mistry (18) from Hoërskool Hoogenhout in Bethal and she won herself a new Toyota Etios worth R140 000. She obtained distinctions in English, Afrikaans, Accounting, Life Sciences, Physical Science and Mathematics.

Mistry said she would study Actuarial Science at the University of Pretoria.

“I didn’t expect this at all because I wasn’t too confident myself that I would do so well,” she said.

Mistry said she would advise the class of 2014 not to leave studying to the last minute.

“I did my work in instalments ... I put a lot of effort in from the beginning,” she said.

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