Minister Angie Motshekga is has announced that the matric pass rate has breached the 81% threshold for the first time.
According to reports this can also reveal that the Free State has reclaimed the top spot from Gauteng, which has reportedly dropped to second position.
North West grabbed third position, with the Western Cape completing the top four.
Insiders, education experts and commentators attributed the improvement in the pass rate to the maturing of the Curriculum Assessment Policy Statement, holiday schools and a significant improvement in infrastructure, and pupil and teacher support material, all of which boosted the pass rate up from 78.2% last year.
“The department is going to announce the highest matric pass rate. The system is on the rise,” said an insider in the department.
“The biggest thing is that the department needs to account for the increase in terms of performance across the board. If we aren’t able to do that, people will accuse us of cooking the results. The department has done what it said it would do – identified weaknesses in the system, addressed them and made sure that teaching and learning take place.”
A senior executive in the department in the Eastern Cape revealed that her provincehad recorded the most significant improvement in years.
“What I can tell you is that we’re on the other side of 75%, up from 70.6% in 2018. We’ve worked very hard.”
Minister of basic education Angie Motshekga announcd ths evening that the 2019 Matric results pass rate is at 81.3% :
1 FS 88,4%
2 GP 87.2%
3 NW 86.8%
4 WC 82.30%
5 KZN 81.3%
6 MP 80.3%
7 EC 76.5%
8 NC 76.5%
9 Limpopo 73.2%
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