Matric Results: Protests in East Gauteng contributed to drop in district's pass rate, says Lesufi

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Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi.
Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi.
Felix Dlangamandla
  • Gauteng achieved a 82.8% pass rate which was a 1% drop from last year. 
  • 130 schools in the province achieved 100% pass rates. 
  • The province was the second best performing province, behind the Free State. 

Service delivery protests in parts of east Gauteng contributed to the drop in the district's pass rate. 

This was revealed by Gauteng education department head Edward Mosuwe, who presented the province's technical report on the 2021 National Senior Certificate results. He was speaking ahead of the province's announcement of the results at a ceremony honouring top achievers.

"When there are community disruptions, they also affect how we work," he said.

Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said that the east of the province, which was the worst performing district in Gauteng, had been marred by protests in 2021 that often led to communities shutting down schools

"When you disrupt schools, this is what you get. Every time a parent is not happy about something, they block the roads and lock the gate," he said.

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The district - which includes Alberton, Benoni, Boksburg, Edenvale and Germiston - achieved a 77.5% pass rate, which was a drop of 0.81% when compared to the previous year. This year, the Gauteng North district recorded the worst drop in the pass rate, with a 6.81% drop. 

Mosuwe said: 

We are still trying to understand why. It [Gauteng North] is a vast district, so we have to understand what it is that is happening there. In Gauteng West, there were zama zamas (illegal miners) that would have affected some areas in Gauteng West. We are also going to pay attention to that district.

Mosuwe said that the Gauteng East and West had previously performed well, which indicated that they could do so again. 

Gauteng has the second largest number of pupils, behind KwaZulu-Natal. Overall the province saw 132 869 full-time and 42 883 part-time pupils write the 2021 NSC exams. It achieved the second-highest pass rate, behind the Free State. 

A total of 130 schools in the province achieved a 100% pass rate, while 462 had a pass rate that was above 90%. Four of the top 10 districts in the country were from the province. 

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It was also revealed that 43.8% of the pupils achieved Bachelors passes, 26.8% diploma passes, and 12.1% higher certificate passes.

Mosuwe said that the class of 2021 had achieved the highest number of Bachelor passes in the province's history, at 55 000.

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