We changed a plane engine while in the air, but we did well - Gauteng MEC

2016-01-06 07:19
Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi. Picture: Simone Kley

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi. Picture: Simone Kley

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Johannesburg - Gauteng MEC for education Panyaza Lesufi said the province did exceptionally well to be second best in the country in terms of matric results despite the introduction of paperless class rooms earlier last year.

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“I’m relieved to be quite frank because you need to remember that we changed the engine of an aeroplane while the aeroplane was flying by moving from textbooks to paperless classrooms,” he said.

“We averted a catastrophe because we needed to train teachers and retrain learners on how to use technology. To have that kind of infrastructure change and still maintain the position we are in now, I’m really excited.”

Gauteng came second with an 84.2% pass rate behind the Western Cape with an 84.7% pass rate. The Free State was the third-best performing province with an 81.6% pass rate, followed by North West with 81.5%. Next was Mpumalanga with 78.6%, the Northern Cape with 69.4%, Limpopo with 65.9%, and KwaZulu-Natal with 60.7%.

The worst performing province was the Eastern Cape with a pass rate of 56.8%.

Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga said the three worst performing provinces - also the country's three biggest rural provinces - caused a 9% drop in the pass rate. They had 53% of the country's pupils.

Lesufi said he was sad to miss out on the top spot.

“Missing the number one position is unfortunate but we are relieved. We now believe we can fast track our ICT strategy in the matric classrooms in Gauteng,” he said. 

Township schools improved

While the results were lower compared to the previous year, Motshekga and Lesufi both agreed that it was encouraging to see how well township schools were performing when compared to those from affluent areas.

“The number of learners in no fees schools increased. We are seeing massive improvements from schools in the poor areas. What is more gratifying is the closing gap between the schools that serve the poor and those in the affluent areas,” said Motshekga.

Lesufi agreed and said the province was on the right track to permanently eradicate the legacy of apartheid in the education system. He said he was excited by the number of township schools that were performing excellently.

“The number of bachelor passes we obtained as Gauteng excites me. We don’t have any district that is less than 70%. Three of our districts are in the top five. Of the top two districts in Sedibeng that is your Vaal, Sebokeng, Vereeniging and the second one in the mining area that is Kagiso, Bekkersdal. If those two can be the best in the country, it’s a confirmation that we are breaking the backbone of apartheid education in Gauteng,” he said.

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