KwaZulu-Natal MEC pleased with matric results

2014-01-07 17:29
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Durban - KwaZulu-Natal Education MEC Peggy Nkonyeni on Tuesday described the province's 2013 matric results as "a good story", but said more needed to be done.

KwaZulu-Natal's matriculants achieved a 77.4% pass rate, an increase of 4.3% over the previous year.

"I'm also pleased to announce that all the 12 [education] districts in KwaZulu-Natal achieved a pass rate of 70% and more, with Umlazi district achieving the highest pass rate of 83.7%," Nkonyeni said in a speech delivered at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre.

Of the 112 403 pupils who passed in the province, 47 202 achieved a bachelor's pass, which was 12 423 more than in 2012.

"This development demonstrates the impact that the system is making in improving quality," Nkonyeni said.

She said both mathematics and physical science pass rates had improved in the province.

Seven percent of the province's schools achieved a 100% pass rate.

"Sixty-nine percent of these high-flyers are considered poor schools," she said.

The 32 875 pupils who failed matric represented the lowest number of failures in the province since the implementation of the current national senior certificate in 2008.

Nkonyeni said those schools that achieved a pass rate of below 35% would come under close scrutiny from the department.

"Apart from a package of interventions, we would hold the management teams of these schools to account for their poor performance in terms of the South African Schools Act. There is no room at the inn for lethargy and incompetence."

- SAPA
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