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Class of 2020 produces ‘quality passes’ — Motshekga

The 2020 matric class has seen a decline of 5.1 share factors from the 81.3% go rate achieved by the category of 2019. The class of 2020 recorded a 76.2% go rate. 

The Free State stays the top-performing province, having achieved a 85.1% go rate this year, nevertheless it skilled a decline of 3.2 share factors from 2019, when it additionally occupied the primary spot.

This was revealed by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on the launch of the matric ends in Pretoria on Monday afternoon. 

Motshekga congratulated the category of 2020 for his or her efficiency regardless that learners had been confronted with “monumental challenges”. More than a million learners wrote the nationwide senior certificates final year.

Of these, 607 226 had been full-time candidates, 117 808 had been part-time, and the remainder of the candidates comprised those that ought to have sat for the examination in June final year however didn’t as a result of of Covid-19 restrictions. 

Motshekga additionally revealed that, of the top-ten performing districts, the highest six are from Gauteng, with the remainder from the Free State and the Western Cape. The top-performing district is Tshwane south, encompassing Arcadia Sunnyside, which held the identical spot in 2019. 

Performance by province 

A decline within the go rate was evident in all provinces, with the Northern Cape and North West recording the worst falls. 

  • Gauteng holds the quantity two spot at 83.8%, a decline of 3.5 share factors from 2019;
  • The Western Cape is quantity three, having achieved 79.9%, a decline of 2.4 share factors;
  • KwaZulu-Natal stands at quantity 4 at 77.6%, a decline of 3.7 share factors;
  • The North West achieved 76.2%, recording a decline of 10.6 share factors;
  • Mpumalanga achieved 73.7%, a decline of 6.6 share factors;  
  • Limpopo achieved 68.2, with a decline of 5 share factors; 
  • The Eastern Cape stood at quantity eight, having achieved 68.1%. and recording a decline of 8.3 share factors; and
  • The Northern Cape recorded a 66 go rate, with a decline of 10.5 share factors.

However, there was a rise of 13.3% in bachelor passes from 2019. This equates to greater than 210 000 bachelor passes eligible for college.

Some 150 600 candidates handed with a diploma, which is a rise of 4.1% from 2019. The class of 2020 achieved 177 435 distinctions, a rise of 13.1% from 2019. The provinces that contributed probably the most to this development are KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng, Western Cape, the Eastern Cape and Limpopo.

Motshekga mentioned that though the category of 2020 didn’t attain the 80% go mark, it had proven resilience.

“We have achieved high-quality passes this year, especially the number of bachelor and diploma passes. The overall pass mark has improved. The distinctions are much higher this year, which is a hallmark of the performance of this class of 2020,” she mentioned. 

“In terms of quality, we got more from this class than ever. We are of the strong view that had it not been for this virus, this class could have given us the best performance in the system. We are indeed proud of the class of 2020, which persevered against such monumental challenges that our system was never exposed to in the past,” she mentioned. 

The minister thanked principals and lecturers, whom she mentioned gave of their time, even on weekends, for the category of 2020. She additionally thanked dad and mom for standing with the division throughout tough instances. On Tuesday, provinces will launch particular person outcomes to learners. 

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