Gauteng matric pass rate gains momentum
Johannesburg - For the first time in eight years, Gauteng's matric pass rate has risen for a second consecutive year, the province's Education MEC Barbara Creecy said on Thursday.
"We have succeeded in breaking what I call the yo-yo pattern which has bedevilled our results since 2003," she said at an awards ceremony for Gauteng's top achievers for 2011 in Johannesburg.
"I congratulate you all today for the sterling team work and collective effort that has once again resulted in Gauteng improving its results by 2.5% to 81%."
In 2011 a total of 85 367 candidates wrote the national senior certificate examinations in Gauteng. A total of 69 216 candidates passed, with 30 073 qualifying for a bachelor's degree.
Matriculants got a total of 33 989 distinctions, with 1 457 distinctions in maths and 1 492 in physical science.
Gauteng's best performing school in Gauteng was Horskool Waterkloof.
"I am once again happy to announce that not only have we succeeded in improving the percentage of matric passes, we have also succeeded in improving the percentage of learners who achieved a bachelor's pass from 33% to 35%," Creecy said.
On Wednesday Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced in Pretoria that 70.2% of matrics passed last year's exams - up from the 67.8% in 2010.
In 2009, 60.7% of matrics passed the exams. In 2008, 62.5% of matrics passed.