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Matric results: Happiness & disappointment, a tale of two provinces

Education MEC Debbie Schafer admits a drop in the overall numbers is discouraging.

South Africa's top performing matric pupils were honoured at the announcement of the 2014 national and provincial matric pass rate results. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schafer says even though the 2014 matric class did exceptionally well, she's still disappointed by the overall numbers.

The province achieved an 82.2 percent matric pass rate.

This is slightly down in comparison to last year's 82.8 percent and the 82.9 percent achieved in 2012 in the previous year.

Schafer admits a drop in the overall numbers is discouraging. She says despite pockets of excellence, any decrease is disappointing and needs to be looked at.

Schafer adds officials will scrutinise the 2014 figures.

The MEC says a plan will then be developed to ensure the Western Cape improves this year.

Schafer says she's particularly proud of the Metro East District.

This includes areas such as Khayelitsha, Delft, Blue Downs and Kraaifontein.

The district's pass rate jumped from just over 60 percent in 2009 to over 80 percent in 2014.

At the same time, some matriculants say they are excited about the future.

"I am very happy, I got one distinction. I can't wait to see what the future holds for me," one matriculant told Eyewitness News .

Another said: "I should have done a whole lot better but I am excited that at least I passed, I got five distinctions and I am excited."

The 2014 matric pass rate was released on Monday evening, with the pass rate dropping to 75.8 percent for the first group of pupils who wrote the new Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statements (CAPS) exams.

The national matric pass rate dropped by 2.4 percentage points compared to the 78.2 percent mark achieved in 2013.

POOR RESULTS

The principal of Beauvallon Secondary School in Valhalla Park says he is deeply disappointed at the poor pass rate for the class of 2014.

The school has obtained a 46.7 percent pass rate.

It's one of several institutions that have been allowed to keep its doors open after the Western Cape Education Department tried to have to shut down.

Matriculants are anxiously awaiting their results and they are restless for good reason.

Out of the school's 30 matriculants, only 14 have passed.

The school's principal David Lawn says even though this is an improvement from last year's 42 percent pass rate, it's still not good enough.

Lawn says most of the pupils failed business studies and geography.

He says they'll talk to the matriculants individually to try and motivate them once they've received their results.

VOWING TO 'KEEP UP THE STANDARD'

In Gauteng, Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has been voicing his prider over the province's numbers.

The province is top of the class with an 84.7 percent matric pass rate for 2014 and Lesufi has vowed to keep up the standard of education.

Lesufi, who jumped up from his chair last night when the matric results were announced, says he is extremely proud of what the province has achieved.

"The provincial pass rate of 84.7 percent in Gauteng has made us reclaim what belongs to Gauteng, the number one spot."

The MEC also announced that Gauteng-West was the best performing district in the province.

RESULTS FOR THE REST OF THE COUNTRY:

Mpumalanga 79 percent

Northern Cape 76.4 percent

Limpopo 72.9 percent

Pupils can access their results at _ EWN's Matric portal by typing in their exam number._

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