Most Gauteng schools achieved pass rate of over 60% - dept

2016-01-06 10:42

Johannesburg - The majority of Gauteng's schools obtained a matric pass rate of over 60%, it was announced on Wednesday. 

Only four schools in the entire province obtained a pass rate of less than 20%, all of which were independent schools (privately governed).

"No province matches Gauteng in terms of bachelors passes," said Gauteng education department head Edward Mosuwe at a technical briefing in Johannesburg ahead of the official release of the provincial results.  

"Over 80% of Gauteng learners have qualified for higher education," Mosuwe said. Around 38 000 of Gauteng's matric who passed their exams, achieved bachelors qualifications. 

Meanwhile, less than half of Gauteng's pupils who were promoted to matric after failing Grade 11, also passed their final examinations.

Mosuwe said around 5 198 of these progressed pupils had been enrolled at the beginning of the year. Of these, just over 4 500 wrote the final exams and 47% of them passed. 

"Gauteng's performance against national performance is good... Gauteng standards are always above national standards," he maintained.

Gauteng was the second best performing province, with a pass rate of 84.2% - just below the Western Cape which obtained 84.7%.

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