Mpumalanga results get better

2011-01-06 12:50

Mpumalanga’s class of 2010 has improved by 8.9 percentage points – just short of the province’s target of 10 percentage points.

The province’s pupils achieved a 56.8% pass rate compared to 2009’s 47.9% – after a total 51 695 pupils sat for their exams and 29 382 of them passed.Announcing the results at Ingwenyama Lodge, White River, Education MEC Reginah Mhaule said the province’s 2010 class registered a number of improvements despite the long break due to the 2010 Fifa World Cup and a protracted civil servants’ strike.

“We had planned to improve our overall performance by 10 (percentage points).

Our performance improvement, despite the challenges in 2010, is just 1.1 (percentage points) short,” Mhaule said.Other improvements, said Mhaule, were that:

» In 2009, 1 591 learners met the requirements to enrol for a Bachelor’s Degree while this year the number shot up to 8 147.

Those who qualified to study towards diplomas were 11 955 – an increase of 1 790.

» The number of learners passing mathematics increased from 9 596 to 10 007, and those who passed Physical Science increased from 5 979 to 8 352.

» The number of schools that performed below 20% decreased from 66 to 17.

» The number of distinctions for the 2010 class is 10 497 compared 8 429 in 2009.

Of these, mathematics accounts for 552 distinctions – an increase from 38.6% in 2009 to 41.1% last year.

» Physical science distinctions increased from 46 in 2009 to 339 last year.

Mhaule said the department’s target was to improve results by 10 percentage points every year in order to reach the 70% mark by 2014.

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