North West matrics still make the grade despite turbulent year

2016-01-06 21:52
School desks. (Duncan Alfreds, News24, file)

School desks. (Duncan Alfreds, News24, file)

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North West  - Only seven learners at Noto Secondary School in Delarayville failed their matric exam, the North West education department said on Wednesday.

"Noto Secondary School in Kopela had 54 learners writing and 47 of them passed their matric," said spokesperson Elias Malindi.

The Grade 12's were taken to a camp in Vryburg after schools were torched in Kopela in September last year.

This after residents went on a rampage demanding better service, burning down three schools and a clinic. They also prevented learners from going to school.

The North West obtained an 81.5% pass rate, a decline from 84.6% in 2014.

The top achiever was Carel Coetzee from the Potchefstroom Gymnasium High School.

"I owe it to my teachers and parents who were my supporters," he said.

"My message to this year's matrics is that good time management is important, forget the good times and focus more on your books from the first day of school so that you reap rewards at the end of the year."

The DA in the North West congratulated the matrics who passed but raised concerns about the decline.

The party's spokesperson on education Tutu Faleni said the North West suffered a heavy blow when 900 teachers resigned in June and July 2015. He said the posts remained vacant well into 2015.

The EFF praised teachers and parents for the role they played.

"The province did well under trying times. There were protests that interfered with learning and during the year teachers also embarked on a go-slow to protest issues relating to their salaries," said spokesperson Thabo Sehloho.

"We wish the class of 2016 the best and believe they can do better. We need to speak to communities that protest [to] not interfere with the education of our children."

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