Lesufi congratulates GP class of 2015
The MEC announced that more matrics achieved a bachelor’s pass in 2015 than in the previous year.
JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says over 38, 000 matriculants in the province achieved a Bachelor's pass, compared to 22,000 in 2014.
Lesufi announced the provincial matric results at the Rhema Bible Church in Randburg.
Yesterday, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced that Gauteng achieved the second-highest pass rate, at 84,2 percent.
Lesufi says Gauteng contributed 26 percent to the amount of pupils who will be able to go to university this year, with 17,000 of those pupils having come from township schools.
The MEC says although Gauteng saw a decline in the pass rate, he is still happy with the result.
He says all of this would not have been possible without the teachers, parents and school governing bodies.
"We want to thank you very much for the performance of our learners who could not have done it alone."
Motshekga joined Lesufi, along with Gauteng Premier David Makhura, and have both congratulated the MEC, his team, and the Gauteng Class of 2015.
Last night, the minister announced that 70,7 percent of matriculants passed the 2015 National Senior Certificate exams - a five percent drop from the previous year and a second consecutive decrease.
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She said three provinces contributed substantially to the overall pass rate drop in 2015.
"Between KZN, Limpopo and the Eastern Cape... that's where things went wrong."
She acknowledged that more work needed to be done to improve teaching and learning in the country, especially in rural areas.
Click here to visit EWN's matric portal which includes all the results.