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Ramaphosa: Innovative learning programmes the way forward

The deputy president earlier told pupils they have no excuse not to achieve a 100 percent pass rate this year.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses pupils on 14 January, 2015. Picture: Thando Kubheka/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says new innovative learning programmes can only make South Africa's education world class.

Ramaphosa addressed pupils and delegates this morning at the launch of the Paperless Education Programme at the Boitumelong Primary School in Tembisa.

WATCH: EWN goes inside the paperless classroom.

Ramaphosa said the only way South Africa will eradicate poverty is more investment in education.

"Our economy, in order for it to grow, needs to improve the lives of our people, the way we do business and everything that we do."

He also had some words of encouragement for Grade 8 pupils starting high school today.

"You must be armed with an attitude of hard work and discipline."

The deputy president told pupils they have no excuse not to achieve a 100 percent pass rate this year.

"Gear yourself up. This is the year of business. We want to work so hard that we do not have one child that fails at the end of the year."

While inland pupils return to the classroom today, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has praised the province's top matriculants and schools for their outstanding performance in the 2014 exams.

A special awards ceremony was held at the premier's official residence at Leeuwenhof today.

This year's top school in the province is Herschel Girl's School.

Other schools have been awarded for significantly improving their pass rate including Scottsdene and Valhalla Secondary and Ned Doman High School.

The Western Cape is the only province in the country where all eight education districts achieved a pass rate of over 80 percent.