Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has hailed the class of 2017 for its hard work and obtaining a 85.15 percent pass rate across the province.
Speaking at an event at the Nokuthula Centre and Special School in Lyndhurst on Friday morning, Lesufi said Gauteng was the second largest provincial education system after KwaZulu-Natal, with 97,284 matriculants who wrote the National Senior Certificate examinations.
“The results of the National Senior Certificate of the Class of 2017 demonstrate that we are a maturing, stable and improving the provincial education system. This improvement in performance must be celebrated in the context of the large, unique and complex provincial education system that Gauteng has become over the last 23 years,” Lesufi said.
Lesufi said the provinces learners, parents and teachers had much to celebrate.
“What is more important, perhaps, than our 85,15% pass rate for 2017, are the detailed indicators showing the increasing quality of the teaching and learning in our schools in the province. It is the details of the 2017 results which show that the upward trajectory of the last seven years continues.”
Lesufi said the pass rate improved with 0.02% from 2016 but said he believed the province could do much better in the future.
He also said the province contributed the second highest number of candidates who qualified with university passes, after KwaZulu-Natal.
Referring to the number of progressed learners who passed Grade 12 last year, Lesufi said Gauteng has increased compared to the previous year in 2016.
“I am happy to announce that 68.7% of the progressed learners that wrote have passed‚ compared to 61% in 2016. These are learners who would have had to repeat Grade 11 in 2017. This is an amazing feat‚” Lesufi.
“What is even more amazing is the almost 7.3% of these learners who passed achieved a bachelor pass and more than 35.6% achieved a diploma pass.”
He also applauded the improvement in the province’s poorer township schools, saying that they’ve “turned the corner”.
We have increased the number of schools, including township schools that have achieved 90% and above pass rate.
“I want to congratulate the principals of the 25 township schools that achieved above 95%,” said Lesufi.
The MEC credited the work of educators toward the last year’s matric results and emphasized the support and guidance of teachers, script markers, the examination team and others.
“We could not have done it, and we cannot do it without our educators and principals. Thousands of you have again in the past year shown your dedication to your profession and to our children, attending courses, participating in our in-service development offerings, upgrading your management skills, and – most importantly – putting our learners at the centre of your efforts every day,” said Lesufi.
Here are Gauteng’s top achievers:
Top 3 overall performing learners
- Jacqueline Janse van Rensburg Hoërskool Oos-Moot
- Stefan Nel Hoërskool Florida
- Nelize van Schalkwyk Hoërskool Alberton
Top 3 performing township learners
- Sehlabelo Mapule Jessica Innqayizivele Secondary School
- Tshepo Motsoeneng Esokwazi Secondary School
- Nkosinathi Lucky Nkabinde Unity Secondary School
Top 3 LSEN Learners
- Jestus Fouche Destinata Skool
- Yandisiwe Yabona Zamakwayi Qubekile Hoërskool Suiderlig
- Ayodele Joy Morobi – Hoërskool Suiderlig