WATCH | Shouts of 'yes girl!' as pupils in the Western Cape celebrate passing their matric exams

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  • Jubilation marked the long-awaited release of the Western Cape's matric results. 
  • Scottsville High School showed the greatest improvement with a 34.5 percentage point increase. 
  • Education MEC Debbie Schäferencouraged those who did not pass all their subjects to seek counselling, and work towards passing them.

"Yes girl!" said Mbali Twani's friends as they circled her, shrieking and snapping their fingers after she showed them her matric results. 

They jumped in unison as they praised her and celebrated outside Table View High School in Cape Town. 

"I feel really happy. I did better than I expected, and I'm very proud of myself," said Twani, who is heading off to the Cape Peninsula University of Technology this year. 

The school attained a pass rate of 96%, with 70% being Bachelor's pass, which helps make higher education applications a little more accessible for the pupils.

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Admire Halio peeled off from a sun-washed photo session with his friends to say he was surprised by how well he had done.

"I would like to say I am very proud of my results. I'm very happy and positive, and I'll see what the future brings," said Halio, who is studying IT this year.

He added studying during the pandemic was "pretty hectic", with many setbacks.

"But we had to see it through, we had to push, we had to do as much as we can."

On the sidelines of the jubilation, a group of girls huddled round a pupil with red eyes, whose results were not what she expected, gently pulling her bag in place and rubbing her arm.

Table View High School
Mbasa Ndingana says the matric results were at the back of everybody's minds during the December holiday.

Many universities set minimum percentage requirements for courses, and on Friday, those who have already applied, started receiving their firm offers for a place, while other refreshed their emails for news.

Some of the pupils had already landed jobs, or internships, while others were still looking.

Mbasa Ngindana said the matric results haunted him and his friends during the December holidays.

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"Even when we were going out, it was always something in the back of our head - the results!" he laughed. 

"I'm really happy that all of our friends passed; I'm really happy," added Ngindana, dressed for the occasion in a jacket and jaunty beret.

He expected to do a little better than he did, with one distinction, against a target of three.

Ngindana said:

It made my mom very proud," he said, as she took pictures. "I was really fortunate to have a roof over my head because a lot of people didn't have that.

"I mean, I have WiFi at home and everything; I think it was hard, but I was fortunate. I think a lot of people had it a lot harder than I did."

At the gates, the Class of 2022 stood with sanitisers and thermometers, checking everyone - in line with Covid-19 protocols - as he rushed in and out.

Head girl of the Class of 2021 Nikita Ferreira Henriques, said: "I feel really happy, excited for what's going to come. It was very difficult to get here. I'm very shocked and overwhelmed at the moment.

"To juggle being head girl and academics at the same time, definitely for some subjects, it was showing. 

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"And I did have to get some guidance and help … to just take it slow. And I learnt to just have a life out of school as well."

Her advice for the Class of 2022: "I would just tell them to just remember that, like I said, it is school, and if it is what you want to do, you want to be a good academic, go for it 100%.

"But, also have something at home, something with friends, family and everything - it does help a lot."

Shaun King said his results were a lot better than expected. 

He is taking a gap year because he is undecided on his career study path, but is considering taking bridging courses for certain subjects, in the hopes of finding his career in one of them. 

READ | ‘University is not the only way to be successful. Encourage your child to get a trade,’ says teacher

Meanwhile, Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schäfer congratulated Scottsville Secondary School on pulling off the biggest improvement of the year in the province by 34.5 percentage points. 

"This is a large improvement," said Schafer, congratulating pupils and principal Henry Hockey. 

The overall pass rate for the province was 81.2%.

"Congratulations again to our Class of 2021, a fantastic set of achievements of which we can all be very proud." 

She encouraged those who did not pass the exams to try and complete them, advising pupils to seek counselling if they needed it, or to call the Safe Schools hotline on 0800 45 46 47. 

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced the 2021 matric pass rate was 76.4%.

A number of other schools in the Western Cape also achieved increases in pass rate: 

• The Range Secondary School: 77.4% (+29.6). 

• Y2K College: 95.2% (+27.7) - independent. 

• Silverstream Secondary School: 62.5% (+27.5). 

• Manenberg Secondary School: 57.3% (+27.3). 

• Steenberg Secondary School: 92.7% (+26.2). 

• Brandvlei Youth Centre: 94.7% (+25.9) - independent. 

• Mandlenkosi Secondary School: 80.0% (+25.8). 

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