Matric Results: 'We are the best!' - Premier celebrates as Free State claims top spot again

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Free State Top 3 pupils, Chane Nel (1), Tlotliso Mofokeng (2),  Tsebo Molatedi (3).
Free State Top 3 pupils, Chane Nel (1), Tlotliso Mofokeng (2), Tsebo Molatedi (3).
Ntwaagae Seleka
  • Jubilant Free State premier, Sisi Ntombela, has promised that her matriculants would continue leading the pack. 
  • The province attained an 85.7% pass rate, the best in the country. 
  • This is the third consecutive year the Free State has emerged as the top-performing province. 

"We are the best in the country. No one will stop us."

These were the words of Free State Premier Sisi Ntombela on Friday after the National Senior Certificate results were released, showing that the province had once again taken the number one spot.

The Free State has been sitting on top for the past three years, and Ntombela said the class of 2022 would do the same.

She said her province would continue making history in the country.

"We are excited about the beautiful results we are producing in the country. I am speechless. I don’t have many words to say. We are leading South Africa again for the third time."

The province attained an 85.7% pass rate. 

"Free State is showing the world that education is fashionable. This success goes to MEC Tate Makgoe, Free State teachers, parents and pupils who sacrificed their time to deliver these fantastic results at hand.

"We are [the] best. We are unstoppable. We are raising the bar even higher. We are going to lead for many years to come," Ntombela said.

She added that 2021 had been one of the most difficult years the country had dealt with.

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"We were dealing with the lockdown which made it more difficult for everyone in the province. We had to adjust to the new normal. We had to ensure that as the province we sail through.

"We stood together with our teachers, parents and pupils during difficult times. Our children listened to us and delivered the expected results. We are proud of them," Ntombela said.

The premier described Makgoe as one of the most dedicated MECs in her executive.

"Makgoe loves his job. He promised to maintain the number one position and he delivered his province. I want to know his recipe for success. He has put Free State in the world.

"Our province is well-known for producing beautiful results. Upcoming matriculants are encouraged by their predecessors who set the record higher, to step in their footsteps."

Ntombela has promised to retain the number one spot in 2022.


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