Top Matriculants

By Drum Digital
06 January 2015

We surpassed our targets - Education ministry

By Thembisile Makgalemele

Eastern Cape was the worst performing province in 2014 with a matric pass rate of 65.4%. However this was an increase of 0,5% from 2013 results.

The province also had a moment to shine with two of its pupils receiving awards for top achievers. Rohin Jain of Selborne College Boys High took first place in the mathematics and a physical science achievers award category and second place in top physical science award category. Luvo Luzipho from St James took first place in the Quintille 3 - a no fee paying school according to the education's poverty rankings- award and second place in the mathematics and a physical science achievers award category.

The top performing provinces, Gauteng, North West, Free State and the Western Cape saw a decline in the number of learners that passed matric in 2014.

Although Gauteng has seen a decline of 2,3%, the province outshine all eight provinces with the highest number of matriculants who passed their 2014 matric examination.

The province's MEC Panyaza Lesufi was all smiles when the results of 84.7% were announced. This was a decline from last year's 87%. Gauteng also had more than three districts in the top five performing districts.

Panyaza said the department's aim was to prepare for the future.

"My plans are not in 2015 but are in 2017, we are going paperless in Gauteng," said the MEC.

A total of 550 127 full-time and 138 533 part-time pupils wrote the basic education department’s examinations.

The matric pass rate for 2014 is 75.8%. This was a drop from 78.2% in 2013.

Provinces at the bottom of the list, increased their matric pass rate.

Basic Education minister Angie Motshekga announced that the department had surpassed the target it set in 2009.

"When we were appointed in 2009 we set out to achieve 75% by 2014, and we surpassed our target, achieving 78.2% in 2013," she said.

Eastern Cape: 65.4%

KwaZulu Natal: 76.6%

Limpopo: 72.9%

Northern Cape: 76.4%

Mpumalanga: 79%

Western Cape: 82.2%

Free State: 82%

North West: 84.2%

Gauteng: 84.7%

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