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Gauteng MEC Panyaza Lesufi praised for matric pass rate

Charles Molele

Gauteng Premier David Makhura has hailed the province’s rise to the top spot in the 2018 matric results as a reflection of massive work the provincial government has put over the past years towards building an equal and just education system.

Gauteng was announced as the top performing province for 2018 with an 87.9% pass rate by Basic education Minister Angie Motshekga during a briefing in Midrand, Johannesburg on Thursday.

Gauteng districts also lead the pack with 8 top performing districts.

An ecstatic Makhura took to social media networking site Twitter last night to congratulate Lesufi and his team for putting the Gauteng province high on the map after it overtook the Free State province, which dominated the top position for the past few years.

“These results are a true reflection of the massive work we have put in over the years towards building an equal and just education system for all. Gauteng remains committed to fulfilling the aims of the freedom charter as envisaged by our forebears.”

Under Lesufi’s leadership, the Gauteng province has seen a constant improvement in its matric performance, prompting calls by some in the country for him to be considered by President Cyril Ramaphosa for the position of Basic Education Minister after the 2019 general elections later this year. Motshekga has served on the portfolio for more than ten years and is rumoured to be on her way out after the elections.

In a statement released Thursday evening, the provincial ANC spokesperson Tasneem Motara praised Gauteng for claiming the number one position nationally following the release of the 2018 National Senior Certificate results.

“The sterling performance by the Class of 2018 and the entire education fraternity in the province under the stewardship of the MEC for Education Comrade Panyaza Lesufi is as tale of persistence, sacrifice and visionary leadership,” said Motara.

“We could not be more proud of this outcome which confirms that the goal that the ANCGP set itself five years ago to transform and modernise our education system through decisive interventions is bearing fruits.

“This has resulted in the province attaining a 2.8% improvement on its previous results to achieve 87.9% in 2018, propelling it to the number one spot with an unprecedented eight out of ten top performing districts being from Gauteng.”

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