Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has applauded the class of 2021 for working hard despite COVID-19 challenges.
Motshekga was speaking at a breakfast in Johannesburg to honour top achievers in public schools and urged learners to continue to work hard to move South Africa forward.
More than 800 000 learners wrote the matric exams in 2021 and are expecting their results
She says, “The 2021 matriculants are a class of their own. We need to understand and appreciate the magnitude of having a top learner in 2021. It’s a class that got the best of COVID-19. You couldn’t be here if you were an ordinary child. You carry the future of this country, the hopes and aspirations of this country.”
Motshekga will officially announce the 2021 matric results this evening.
Matric 2021 I Top achievers breakfast session
Tears of joy
Meanwhile, some parents of matrics who wrote the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) cried tears of joy on Wednesday. The class of 2021 achieved a 98.39% pass rate in the matric examination.
The results are a bit higher than in 2020 despite the school curriculum being disrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Roshini Moodley is one of the parents whose son matriculated at St John’s College in Johannesburg. “I’m very proud of him and all the boys at St John’s College. And every single matriculant in our country. It’s an outstanding achievement. There were challenges, anxiety, a lot of predictability and uncertainty. What was inspiring is how the school community came together. Teachers, the management team and the parents.”
IEB class of 2021 has achieved a 98.39% pass rate in the matric exams:
— Elijah Mhlanga (@ElijahMhlanga) January 19, 2022
Minister Angie Motshekga to announce matric results for the class of 2021
— Dep. Basic Education (@DBE_SA) January 19, 2022