Creecy honours Gauteng matrics
The provincial education MEC also praised the top achiever, Praise Ndebele, for outstanding results.
JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Education MEC Barbara Creecy on Tuesday congratulated the province's matric pupils for helping the province achieve its best results since the dawn of democracy.
She says the province has again improved its pass rate to the highest level since universal access to education was introduced during Nelson Mandela's presidency.
Gauteng recorded an 87 percent pass rate for 2013, up from last year's 83,9 percent.
Nationally, the overall pass rate was 78,2 percent.
Speaking at the announcement in Johannesburg late on Monday, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said the figure exceeded her expectations.
Creecy attributed Gauteng's pass rate to the increasing quality of teaching and learning in the classroom.
She says the province's top performer is from the Secondary School Improvement Programme.
The MEC says 60,000 pupils from priority schools were targeted last year as part of the project and for the first time ever, the top performer is a black pupil.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and Deputy Minister Mohamed Enver Surty with Praise Ndebele at the official announcement of the matric pass rate, 6 January 2014. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.
Praise Ndebele (18) was honoured by the department and Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Newtown, Johannesburg.
Dressed in his red school blazer, Ndebele walked up to the stage proudly while Creecy raised her hands and applauded.
He says he had many sleepless nights but says it was all worth it.
Ndebele says he has been accepted by two universities but is still torn about what to study, hinting it will likely involve maths or accounting.
Creecy urged those who didn't pass not to be despondent, saying there are other options available and exams can be rewritten.
For those who did well, Creecy says their results will be dedicated to the memory of Madiba, who passed away at his Johannesburg home on 5 December.
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