THE Free State produced the highest pass rate with 85.1%, a decline of 3.2% from last year, Basic Education Minister said on Monday.
Motshekga announced the 2020 Matric results on Monday afternoon, along with the Deputy Minister, Reginah Mhaule.
Over 29 300 Grade 12 learners in the Free State province sat for the 2020 National Senior Certificate (NSC) exams.
“I’m very happy that indeed in the midst of all the difficulties, we’re able to say 76.2% with more quality passes this year. Once again, the Free State tops the list at 91.6%,” said Motshekga.
“It is interesting to note from the analyses of the performance of the Class of 200 by fee-paying status, that the Free State is ranked first in all its fee-paying, “no fee”, and Government subsidised schools that write the NSC exams; while Mpumalanga’s fee-paying schools are ranked second; but their “no fee” and Government subsidised schools are ranked fifth and sixth, respectively; and Limpopo’s fee-paying schools are ranked third; while their “no fee” and Government subsidised schools are ranked seventh and fourth, respectively. It is for this reason that we are consolidating our work on an inclusive basket of criteria, which will use other critical variables, over and above overall pass numbers and percentages.”
Last year, Free State MEC of Education Tate Makgoe declared that his province’s target for 2020 was to exceed 90% pass rate in matric results but his strategic plans were disrupted by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Makgoe said he was pleased that schools in the Free State continued to perform well under the “new normal” presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and that he is confident teachers and learners will during the 2021 academic year raise the bar.
Gauteng got a 83.8% pass rate, with a decline of 3.5% from 2019.
Western Cape achieved a pass rate of 79.9%.
Kwazulu-Natal has the most learners in the country and came fourth in provincial pass rates with a pass rate of 77.6%, a decline of 3.7% from 2019.
The Matric Class of 2020 produced a pass rate of 76.2% which shows a decline of 5.1% when compared to last year’s pass rate.
The overall pass mark has improved this year, as well as the passes of distinctions, said Motshekga.
The Class of 2020 is said to have given the best academic performance in the system.
Of the passes, 36.4% were Bachelors passes, 26% were Diploma passes, 13.7% were Higher Certificate passes and only 0.01% were NSC passes.
Out of the top ten districts in South Africa, six are from Gauteng, and three are from the Free State; and one from the Western Cape.
“I am looking forward to our next district meeting sessions, where we share experiences and best practices. I also wish to actually thank all District Directors for their hard work. You are the people at the last mile towards the centrepiece of our Sector – our schools, and our children in particular,” said Motshekga.
(Source: INSIDE EDUCATION)