Mpumalanga’s matrics are steadily improving: MEC

2015-01-06 13:18

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Mpumalanga is celebrating a steady improvement in its matric results since 2009, says the province’s education MEC, Reginah Mhaule.

The class of 2014 managed a 79% pass rate, a notch up from 2013’s 77.6%.

Mhaule hosted a press conference today in Barberton to discuss the results.

Mpumalanga’s pass rate in 2009 was 47.9%.

Mhaule said: “We are encouraged that for half a decade, Mpumalanga has managed an incident-free, reliable and credible examination process.”

Mpumalanga had 45 081 matrics sitting for the 2014 exams and 35 615 passed.

Mhaule said that Mpumalanga’s 79% pass rate meant that it had scored above the national average (75.8%) for the first time.

She offered a quick summary of the province’s results:

» Of 543 schools, 27 obtained a 100% pass rate;

» Hoërskool Nelspruit is the best performing school for 2014. All 230 of its pupils passed;

» Bohlabela is the most improved district, climbing from a 72% pass rate in 2013 to 76.8% in 2014;

» Ehlanzeni district recorded the highest pass rate, 82.1%;

» The rural Nkomazi was Mpumalanga’s top performing municipality. Its schools achieved an 86% pass rate;

» 392 pupils passed mathematics with a distinction and 389 passed physical science with a distinction; and,

» 29.4% of all matriculants met the requirements to pursue degrees.

Mhaule, however, was concerned about private schools’ performance. She said that 17 of Mpumalanga’s 36 independent schools had obtained a pass rate below the provincial average.

“Our collective view is that independent schools should excel in the true sense of the word. I do not think it is too much to ask to demand high levels of excellence from these schools considering the amount of fees that parents have to contend parting with,” Mhaule said.

“The head of department [Mohlabane Mohlasedi] will ensure adherence to policy prescripts in this regard,” she added.

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