14 January 2014
Victory for Gauteng class of 2013
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Gauteng’s matrics of 2013 achieved the province’s best provincial pass rate since 1994. Compared to last year, the overall pass rate increased from 83.7% in 2012 to 87% in 2013. Currently the Gauteng matrics rank third in the country based on their overall 2013 results. The MEC of the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE), Barbara Creecy announced the province’s matric results for 2013 on Tuesday 7 January. The announcement was made at a provincial ceremony held at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in New Town, where all the top achievers were honoured. Creecy was pleased to announce that for the first time all 15 education districts in Gauteng achieved a matric pass rate of above 82%, and that there were no public schools with less than a 40% pass rate. Many of the top achievers even scored full marks for one or more final matric exam papers. Praise Ndebele from Ivory Park was honoured for being the top achiever in Gauteng. He attained eight distinctions and got full marks for three of his exams: Business Studies, Accounting and Mathematics. Ndebele is also the first African from a ‘no fee paying’ school to become the top achiever in Gauteng. Ndebele advises future matrics to lead a balanced lifestyle and to plan ahead in order to leave enough time to study and rest. “I had a study timetable, because you can’t study 24/7,” he explained. Wini-Louise Myburgh from Pretoria was also among the
three top achievers in Gauteng, as well as the top learner in Mathematics nationally. She attained 9 distinctions and scored full marks for her final Mathematics exam. She attributed her success to her teachers and explained that because of them she knew what to expect in the finals. “My teachers played a big role. After the prelims we worked out previous exam papers and we started preparation for matric in grade 11 already. They know what it takes,” she said with a grateful smile. All the top achievers who were honoured at the ceremony received automatic bursaries for tertiary education. Ndebele’s next step is still undecided, but he aims to complete a financial or mathematics-related degree, and Myburgh has enrolled for Accounting at the University of Pretoria. Creecy emphasised that the quality of education offered at public schools should not be undermined, as both Ndebele and Myburgh represent public schools. She said that the prevailing myth that private schools generally do better than public schools needs to be redefined in the light of the 2013 results. Creecy added that even though she is delighted with the results, education is a longterm project towards sustained education. “Today the matrics are celebrated, but it is not the only area of intervention. We want more learners to get to matric and high performing learners must finish university.”
Top Gauteng public school achievers: Wini-Louise Myburgh (Afrikaanse Hoër Meisieskool), Praise Ndebele (Ponelopele Oracle Secondary School), Elizabeth Bekker (Afrikaanse Hoër Meisieskool), with Premier of Gauteng Ms Nomvulo Mokonyane and MEC of the GDE Ms Barbara Creecy
If you failed matric: - Ask your school if you qualify for a supplementary exam - Contact the Gauteng Department of Education for assistance and further options - If you feel depressed or even suicidal, phone Lifeline on 0861 322 322
Fact box - 97 897 learners wrote the 2013 Matric examinations in Gauteng - 85 122 learners who wrote the matric exam, passed - 38 104 learners passed with Bachelors - 33 716 learners passed with Diplomas - Gauteng learners got 35 903 distinctions
ACHIEVERS Higher Certificate: % matrics who passed without university entrance, but who still qualify for further education at alternative academic institutions, such as colleges. Diploma: % matrics who passed and qualify for university entrance, and are able to obtain a diploma. Bachelors: % matrics who passed and qualify for university entrance, and are able to obtain a bachelors.
Mayor congratulates class of 2013 The Executive Mayor of Ekurhuleni, Clr Mondli Gungubele has congratulated the class of 2013 for their ‘excellent performance’ in Matric. Speaking after the announcement of the results by the Ministry of Basic Education, Gungubele said it is clear that the country’s level of education is on the right path, even though there is still plenty of room for improvement. “These children have done us proud. They have raised the bar from the previous year and all we can hope for is an even better performance from the class of 2014,” he said. “The sooner our children realise that education is the key to the success of themselves, and therefore this country, the better the future prospects of South Africa.” A former teacher himself, Gungubele also congratulated teachers for their hard work and dedication in their job. “Educators have a very challenging job and despite the hardships that they come across year in and year out, they continue
to do a sterling job. Not only do teachers educate these children, they also deal with their social challenges and other personal matters. “Despite that they continue to achieve acceptable outcomes. “Having said that, one must continue to emphasise the role of parents in the education of their children,” Gungubele added. “Parents have the right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children. But equally important is that they must actively participate in their day-to-day education of their children so that they can monitor if all is going according to plan. Parents have the obligation of making each and every home in this country a centre of learning.” He said with all stakeholders working together with government to improve the level of education in this country, the ultimate objective of a high standard of education for the country shall be realised.
Published on Jan 14, 2014