Gauteng premier: Class of 2015 must build on 2014 achievement

Gauteng achieved the highest pass rate, 87 in the country.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng's class of 2014 have been praised for their efforts, but Premier David Makhura is calling on the new grade 12s to aim for an even higher pass rate.

Gauteng achieved the highest pass rate in the country, achieving a pass rate of 87.4 percent. Gauteng was followed by the North West, the Free State and the Western Cape.

The national pass rate was 75.8 percent, a 2.4 percentage point drop from 2013.

Makhura says last year's matrics have set the bar high after being the first group to write the new Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements curriculum exams.

Makhura says the province must retain its number one position and has called on the 2015 matrics to perform even better.

"We are number one but we still have to go to 90 percent in 2015."

Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi, meanwhile, says girls outshone the boys in terms of achievements.

"They outnumber boys both in merit and in distinctions."

The top achiever in the province is Sigourney Lishman from Afrikaanse Hoër Meisieskool in Tshwane and the top school for 2014 is Hoërskool Garsfontein.