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Paarl Boys’ High School learner Ulrich le Roux says being overall National Senior Certificate top achiever was a pleasant surprise, ‘unexpected’


THE overall top National Senior Certificate (NSC) learner for matric class 2021, Ulrich le Roux from Paarl Boys’ High School in said that he is happy with the results he achieved.

This comes after a year of learning under difficult COVID-19 circumstances.

Le Roux, who plans to study actuarial sciences at Stellenbosch University, said that being an overall top achiever was unexpected.

However, he said he is excited and looking forward to this year’s studies.

“I must say, it was quite unexpected, but I’m very happy with what I achieved and I’m looking forward to this year’s studies and years to come,” he said.

On Thursday, le Roux was one of the learners who were attending a breakfast session with Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga at Houghton Hotel in Johannesburg.

Later that evening, le Roux was honoured with a standing ovation from his fellow peers and some of the dignitaries that attended the announcing of the matric results.

On Thursday, Motshekga announced the pass rate for the 2021 cohort was 76.4%. This is an increase of 0.2 percentage points compared to the 2020 matric pass rate (76.2%).

The total number of candidates, who registered for the 2021 NSC exams was 897 163.

In her speech, Motshekga said, “You are top pupils produced by the class of 2021. You are the epitome of success. Don’t forget that you are the best of the best that the country has produced.”

The minister further said that the class of 2021was the most affected by the COVID-19.

 “The Class of 2021 was the most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic because they had to endure two consecutive years of harsh exposure to the unrelenting Covid-19 pandemic,” said Motshekga.

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