Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has congratulated matriculants for giving the province the best results yet. Gauteng had the highest performing districts, the second-highest number of passes in Maths and Science and also the most number of varsity entry passes in the country.
The Free State province may have come top at 85.1% but a closer look at the numbers reveals that although Gauteng came second at 83.8%, the quality of the passes was higher.
Minister Angie Motshekga announced the 2020 matric results today:
Gauteng best matriculant
Gauteng’s best matriculant Karla Reinecker says she is shocked by her achievement. She received her award during a function hosted by Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi in Ormonde, south of Johannesburg.
The province clinched an 83.3 % pass rate.
Reinecker says she will be pursuing studies in Biochemistry. “It is very huge, I worked hard but I didn’t expect this would happen. So, I’m very excited and I’m extremely surprised. I studied hard, worked through the two years from grade 11. And I got support from my teachers especially my physical science teacher; I could not have done it without them.”
Reinecker was honoured along with other learners including Blessing Mlambo, Omphile Makhanya and Zama Mahlangu who received various awards including the premier league award which added R10 000 to their loot.
The top learners have been given bursaries by the Department of Education.
Some are still deciding which field of study to pursue this year. “I am so happy, I don’t know how to express how I feel. I am so overwhelmed I didn’t expect it. People have been asking me what’s the secret? There is no secret, guys. I was studying,” says one of the learners.
Gauteng province produced the best results yet with thousands of learners obtaining bachelor passes. But Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi lashed out at a number of communities who disrupted schooling last year saying they are to blame for learner’s poor performance.
“Two of our districts suffered major disruptions when parents and civil organisations in these communities stopped learners from going to school. Learners from Tokoza, Duduza, Etwatwa, Daveyton Sebokeng and I’m staying to announce that the two districts were the worst performing in the province.”
Lesufi also named and shamed the worst-performing schools in Gauteng. “Kgothalang Secondary School in the West Rand, out of 232 matriculants only 31% passed. They didn’t even have a single distinction. Only 5% got a bachelor’s pass. I’m adopting this school chair.”
Gauteng districts took the top five spots in the top 10 nationwide rankings. The province also had 92 schools that obtained 100% pass rate. This put it second behind KwaZulu-Natal’s 146.
It was also encouraging to note that the poorest schools obtained the highest number of bachelor passes.