By Robert Maswanganyi
The Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga announced on Tuesday, the 07th of January 2020, that 787 717 candidates sat for the 2019 National Senior Certificate Examinations countrywide.
The minister announced that the 2019 pass rate represents a 3, 1% improvement from 2018 when the national pass rate stood at 78, 2%.
A day later, during the announcement of 2019 Limpopo provincial Matric examination results Polly Boishelo, Limpopo MEC for Department of Education, said that in 2019 the Province registered 93 932 NSC candidates. 70 847 candidates wrote all the seven subjects.
“I am very delighted to announce that the Province’s Class of 2019 has achieved a new record of 73.2%. This represents an increase of 3.8% as compared to the performance of 2018.” said Boishelo.
She further stated that in 2019 the department have reduced the number of underperforming districts from 3 to 1.9 out of ten education districts performed above 65%.
“The most improved education districts are Waterberg by 8.3%, Capricorn South by 7.1% and Capricorn North by 5.5%.” she added.
Although there is an improvement of 4% from 75.2% in 2018 to 75.6% of Groot Letaba Circuit. The circuit managed to produce 80% pass rate at 6 out of 12 schools.
Ndhambi High School topped the circuit with performance of 92% pass rate, followed by a tie between Makwivirini and Nghonyama Secondary schools with 87,5%. The lowest performing schools are Masiza and Sasekani secondary schools with 58,7% and 55% respectively.
The MEC concluded her speech by emphasizing that education remains a societal issue which requires taking collective responsibility and participation from all of us.
“We are confident that working together, especially with our communities, we can do a lot more in delivering on our mandate. We remain on track and resilient in our mission to educate the nation by promoting access to and equity in the provision of education”, concluded MEC Boishelo.