Limpopo’s matric results improves by three percent

POLOKWANE 

The Limpopo matric pass rate has increased from 69,6 per cent to 73,2 per cent, MEC for education Ms Polly Boshielo announced at the Ranch Hotel
on Wednesday. “In Limpopo, the examinations in 2019 involved a total of 70 847 full-time candidates, out of this total 51855 passed.”

The 2019 pass rate achieved is the highest pass rate in the province since the advent of democracy in South Africa.

The Sekhukhune East District is among the underperforming districts in the province, they achieved a 63 percent an increase by three percent from 2018.

Local schools in Tubatse also performed extremely well; St Thomas College achieved a 100 percent pass rate for a second year in succession. 

There were several schools in the deep rural areas of Fetakgomo Tubatse Local Municipality that achieved wonders; both Shorwane Secondary School at Ga Maepa and Maokeng Secondary School in Kgautswana managed 100 percent pass rates in 2019.

Some schools at the FTLM also performed poorly. Kanama, Manawe and
Mokhulwane secondary schools achieved a zero percent pass rate in 2019.

The MEC blamed communities for resisting merging of schools
for the under-performance. “The department says schools with low enrolment can only get a limited number of teachers and resources. We engaged with the communities but they refused when we advised them to merge some of the schools.”

The MEC said they aimed to increase the pass percentage to more than 80 percent in 2020.01.

“To achieve this milestone lets avoid disturbing pupils during service delivery protests. It has become a norm for people to disturb learning during protests. Let’s raise our grievances without disturbing the kids.”

Meanwhile the the DA in Limpopo also congratulated the learners for a job well done. 

“Although the provincial executive is patting itself on the back for Limpopo’s increased pass rate, the DA is extremely concerned that a total of 168 847 learners were enrolled in grade 10 in 2017; yet only 51 855 learners passed the NSC exams. This means that only 30.7 of grade 10
learners actually wrote and passed matric in Limpopo,” said the DA’s Jacques Smalle 

Thapelo Motseo

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