Creecy: Gauteng setting the pace on empowerment

2014-01-08 08:34
Barbara Creecy (Picture: Beeld)

Barbara Creecy (Picture: Beeld)

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Johannesburg - Gauteng's matric figures showed it was not only keeping pace with an increasing number of pupils, but was setting the pace when it came to empowerment, education MEC Barbara Creecy said on Tuesday.

She said Gauteng matriculants had achieved their best results in 2013 since the birth of democracy, the opening of education to all, and the creation of the province 20 years ago.

In all, 85 122 pupils passed (up 9 888 on last year), 38 104 of them with exemption (5 655 more than last year).

The detailed results underlined the increasing quality and consistency of the teaching and learning in schools in the province, said Creecy.

"These figures indicate that we have not only managed to keep pace as the numbers of learners have grown with the expanding numbers of residents in Gauteng, but that we have in fact set the pace when it comes to empowering children from the African majority by continually improving their access to the quality education which can open doors to jobs and further qualifications," she said.

This was borne out by the figures for education districts covering Gauteng’s inner cities, townships, and informal settlements.

Since 2009, pass rates had risen from 65.4% to 84.7% in Johannesburg Central (Soweto and Eldorado Park); 56.9% to 82.9% in Sedibeng West; 78.4% to 90% in Sedibeng East; 65.8% to 87.5% in Gauteng East (including Etwatwa, Daveyton, Tsakane and KwaThema); 69.1% to 84.6% in Johannesburg South (Lenasia, Orange Farm, Finetown and Ennerdale); and 77.4% to 86.4% in Tshwane West (Winterveld, Mabopane and Ga-Rankuwa).

Creecy was particularly pleased that all 15 education districts in the province had achieved a matric pass rate above 82% for the first time.

"Significantly, we have made important strides in closing the gap between schools serving poor communities and those with a strong middle class component, as shown by the narrowing gap in the performance by fee paying and no fee schools," she said.

This gap had closed from 24.1 percentage points in 2009, to 9.3 percentage points in 2013, she said.

She said Gauteng was pleased that, as the province at the heart of the South African economy, the 2013 results included a five percent improvement in the number of maths distinctions to 2177, and showed that more pupils from township schools had passed maths and science at higher levels of competence.

Creecy said the department's Secondary School Improvement Programme (SSIP), which targeted 60 000 Grade 12 pupils in 384 schools, had proved its worth, and that the strong results achieved showed it was improving teaching and learning.

"No fewer than 365 of the 384 schools in the SSIP programme during 2013 achieved a pass rate above 60%. Of the 365 schools, 137 achieved a pass rate above 80%, and 80 schools a pass rate above 90%," she said.

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