Education expert Mary Metcalf says while the focus is on the 2020 Matric results, it is important to also beware that the Class of 2021 might have an even tougher year.

Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga will announce the matric results for over 600 000 learners this week. Metcalf says it would be interesting to study the quality of the results as there were numerous challenges. She also says the current class did not finish the Grade 11 curriculum and will now have to deal with those gaps.

“The current class has a huge challenge because last year they were in Grade 11 and they weren’t in school for much of the year and when they came back they were alternating. So the Grade 12 class of 2021 needs massive community support in terms of learning at home and catchup programs like hoza matrics, etc.”

Minister Angie Motshekga briefs the media about plans for 2021 academic year: 

Meanwhile, students’ organisation Cosas in Limpopo says it expects all  78 695 matriculants who sat for the 2020 examinations to perform well.

Its provincial secretary Scalo Mahladisa was speaking ahead of the announcement of the release of the matric results.

Last year, Limpopo achieved a 73, 2% pass rate. Mahladisa says COVID-19 inspired learners to study harder.

“We are expecting good results from the announcement by the minister. You will understand and know that as Limpopo we have always been in the forefront for producing quality who are top achievers in certain subjects so we are expecting good results.”

Cosas expresses optimism over Limpopo’s 2020 matric results: