Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced the National Senior Certificate results for the class of 2020. Here's how it went down.
22 February 16:54
She says 2020 had scored more distinctions than in previous years, saying that this year may have been even better without the pandemic.
She says this year "has been characterised by resilience... faced by the worst pandemic in history."
The minister thanks various stakeholders and closes her address.
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Motshekga says the district of Tshwane south was the best performing in SA. Behind them was Gauteng west, then Gauteng north, then Johannesburg north, and fifth is Sedibeng in the Gauteng
22 February 16:43
Motshekga has announced the provincial pass rates:
Free State: 85.1%
Western Cape: 79.9%
North West: 76.2%
Eastern Cape: 68.1%
Northern Cape: 66%
22 February 16:41
Motshekga has announced the 2021 Matric pass rate is 76.2% - it is, however, a drop of 5.1 percentage points. She said she expected a "blood bath" in the results, but commended the class year.
She says 76% of boys had passed, vs 75% of girls. Motshekga says more girls received Bachelor's Passes.
There were 72 000 more girls in the 2020 year than in 2019.
Motshekga says full-time inmates 71 out of 133 got Bachelor's Passes. There were no distinctions. This represents a pass rate of 83.6%.
From non-fee-paying schools, 275 615 pupils achieved Bachelor's Passes. Motshekga says that this shows that pupils from poorer areas are coming up.
More than 2 161 pupils with special needs took the Matric exam, and 2 058 passed. More than 900 obtained a Bachelor's Pass, and there were 563 distinctions among them.
Motshekga says 70 560 pupils had progressed from Grade 11 to write Matric in 2020. She says more than 65 000 of those sat through the exams. Of those, more than 24 000 passed. A total of 1 065 distinctions came from that group.
Motshekga says an inclusive education system is the way forward for the country.
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She says this year was the first to break up the accounting paper into an accounting paper and a business paper.
The total number of pupils that wrote were 725 034.
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She says "we had to work hard to ensure that class of 2020 received support."
She brings up the leaking of a maths and a physics exam paper, Motshekga says an Umalusi report found that there were no "structural" factors that led to the exams getting leaked.
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The minister now turns to the NCS results, saying that the government's interventions were targeting pupils who were performing poorly, those who are average, and also top achievers, to support them in approving results. "This we had to do while managing Covid-19," she says.
22 February 16:20
The minister announces that the country has participated in international benchmark tests, one on reading and another on maths and science, and the country's performance "providing evidence that our education system is a system that is on the rise."
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"The other priority for this term, is developing a curriculum for the ever-changing world. To prepare pupils for the fourth and fifth industrial revolutions," and decolonising the curriculum.
She says again that the government will be offering a general education certificate to allow pupils to "follow multiple pathways" after Grade 9.
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She says the 2020 year will be "remembered as a year that faced a major health crisis... and government worked very hard to strike a balance between saving lives and saving the year."
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The Dept of Basic Education technical briefing on the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examination results is currently underway. It will be followed the announcement of the exam results at 4pm, which will be led by Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga #MatricResults2020— @SAgovnews (@SAgovnews) February 22, 2021
22 February 16:10
She has wrapped up her address.
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She says that in 2021 the DBE is committed to boosting the use of African languages. She adds that all 12 languages (including sign language) is being seriously looked into as being implemented in schools.
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She says, however, this year's class may have missed its opportunity to make full use of the academic year.
She says the pandemic "reshapes the department's existing priorities... like improving the value of learning outcomes."
22 February 16:03
The deputy minister Reginah Mhaule has taken the podium.
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Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, along with deputy minister Reginah Mhaule, are due to announce the National Senior Certificate (NSC) exam results at 16:00.
The class of 2020 will no doubt go down as one of the most difficult years for matriculants, who have had to manage the pressures of their most important school year yet along with the burdens brought on by Covid-19.
The IEB results were released last week, and education experts have warned that public schools may not mirror the results of their private counterparts. This, in part, because public schools in the main are less equipped with resources like virtual learning and so forth.
Follow the briefing live on News24