MEC to fire principals of underachieving schools

Gauteng Education MEC will fire the principals of 4 schools that achieved matric pass rates of less than 20%.

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says he will be firing the principals of four schools in the province that achieved matric pass rates of less than 20 percent.

The Star newspaper is reporting that the officials who were meant to give support to these principals will also be sacked for gross underperformance.

Overall, the province came second to the Western Cape, achieving an 82.4 percent pass rate for 2015.

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At the same time, Gauteng's top achievers of 2015 have advised future matrics that the secret is to work hard, focus, and always remember their goal to achieve a better life.

Gauteng contributed 26 percent of the pupils who will be able to go to university this year, with 17,000 coming from township schools.

Siyabonga Dlamini from the Fons Luminis Secondary School in Diepkloof, Soweto, became one of Gauteng's top achievers for 2015 and says it's not about where you come from, but about how hard you work.

"As long as we work hard, it doesn't depend on how deep our pockets are."

Duduetsang Kasankola from Pretoria High School for Girls says her advice to pupils is to never forget who they are.

"I think independence from my friends especially, because we're not all same-minded."

Lesufi says over 38,000 matriculants in the province have qualified to study for a Bachelor's Degree, compared to 22,000 in 2014.

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Click here to visit EWN's matric portal which includes all the results.