Third time lucky for Free State matrics

2012-01-05 15:17

It was a case of third time lucky for the Free State Education Department with its matric pass rate of 75.7%.

This according to MEC Tate Makgoe who said he has been hoping for a 75% pass rate since 2009.

“In 2009 we achieved 69.4%; in 2010 we received 70.7% and now we did not just achieve it, we did better than that,” he said.

Makgoe said it was clear that the hard work and extra hours and classes had paid off. “I even expected my subject advisors to go into classrooms to assist teachers,” he said.

The number of underperforming schools in the province dropped from 85 in 2010 to 60 in 2011. The number of school with a 100% pass rate increased from 38 in 2009 to 45 in 2011.

Deidre Basson from Eunice High School in Bloemfontein is the overall top achiever in the province. She obtained 98% in mathematics, 99.3% in science and 97.7% in accounting.

Mhlope Johannes from the Mampoi Secondary School in QwaQwa achieved 100% in physical science.

Makgoe said he was disappointed with the performance of the Motheo region (Bloemfontein), which achieved a pass rate of 74.7% against a target of 80%.

“This region is a cause of concern. It is well endowed with the best resources and universities and is not supposed to perform poorly,” he said.

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