Gauteng premier congratulates matrics of 2013

2014-01-07 19:11
Nomvula Mokonyane (Picture: Beeld)

Nomvula Mokonyane (Picture: Beeld)

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Johannesburg - Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane on Tuesday congratulated the matric class of 2013 for improving the province's matric pass rate.

"The Gauteng provincial government takes pride in all the learners who sat for the 2013 matric exams. Today we celebrate the achievements of the class of 2013 and we are here to say to our young people that you have made us proud," Mokonyane said at the announcement of the results in Johannesburg.

"You deserve to be given the space to dance and have fun."

Mokonyane mentioned the achievement of matriculants in subjects such as mathematics and physical science.

"This achievement is made sweeter when we review our overall pass rate in maths at 74%, maths literacy at 94%, and our overall pass rate in science at 76%."

She thanked all parties involved in the improvement of the province's matric pass rate.

"The Gauteng provincial government recognises the collective efforts of parents, teachers, school governing bodies, teacher associations and government in attaining a convincing provincial pass rate of 87%."

Mokonyane encouraged matriculants to work hard in their future endeavours.

"I would like to challenge you to embrace prospects of a future that has an abundance of opportunities for you."

‘A gallant effort’

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has also congratulated matrics of 2013 on Tuesday for producing the highest pass rate since 1994.

"These are the outcomes of the gallant efforts of the parents, teachers and learners combined," NUM general secretary Frans Baleni said in a statement.

It encouraged the pupils who had passed to further their studies.

"Real knowledge develops on the basis of application and the more you can apply your knowledge and pass it on to others it becomes a skill... When you are ploughing back you must never be selfish about education," he said.

On Monday, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced a 78.2% pass rate for the 2013 matric class.

In 2009, when Motshekga took over as minister, the pass rate was 60.6%.

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