Some schools in the area have boosted their matric pass rates.
Kensington High School improved significantly from 82.5% in 2014 to 92.3%. Walmer Secondary School improved from 88.2% to 91.8% and Windermere High School achieved an improvement from 71.2% in to 78.7%.
Maitland High School improved slightly from 76.1% to 76.3%. Holy Cross High School in Maitland attained 97.9%, a drop from the previous year’s 100%.
Salt River High School experienced a drop from 76.3% in 2014 to 61.9%.
However, provincial eduction minister Debbie Schäfer says it is important to ensure the quality of passes.
“Given the many challenges our education system faces, improving the quality of education is only possible through sustained interventions in our schools and the hard work of the matrics, their teachers and district officials. It is a multi-year process.
“We are pleased that this effort is reaping results,” she says.
There is also growth in the number of candidates writing and passing Mathematics and Physical Science in the province.
Last year a record number of almost 13 000 matriculants passed Mathematics, compared to 11 000 in 2014. The pass rate was 74.9%.
In Physical Science, the numbers passing increased from 11 000 in 2014 to 12 000. Physical Science candidates achieved a 73.3% pass rate.
Great emphasis is also placed on ensuring pupils stay in the school system for as long as possible.
“We are very encouraged by the improvement in our rate of retention over the past five years. Last year the Western Cape yet again managed to increase our retention rate from 63.8% in 2014 to 66.8%,” she says.