73% of Gauteng matrics eligible to enrol at any institution of higher learning

Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has praised the matric class of 2020 for their performance in the exams during the COVID-19 pandemic, at a special event in Johannesburg earlier on Wednesday.

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi (L), Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga (R) and one of the top performers (C) at the announcement of the results of the 2020 National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations on 22 February 2021 in Pretoria. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Seventy-three percent of matriculants that sat for the National Senior Certificate exams in Gauteng will be able to enrol at any institution of higher learning in the country.

Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has praised the matric class of 2020 for their performance in the exams during the COVID-19 pandemic, at a special event in Johannesburg earlier on Wednesday.

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The province achieved the second-highest overall pass rate in the country, with 83.8%.

Gauteng also made history after 92,000 pupils passed matric and by obtaining over 45,000 bachelor passes.

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Lesufi said the province achieved remarkable milestones despite a difficult year.

“And in the history of our country, no single province has had 92,000 pupils pass matric and have more than 45,000 bachelor passes.”

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Lesufi said the province was closing the gap between urban and township schools.

Five township schools in the province achieved a 100% pass rate.

However, Lesufi has expressed disappointment at the worst-performing school, Kgothalang Secondary on the West Rand, after only 31% of its matriculants passed.

He said: “Out of 234 matriculants that wrote, only 31% passed and only 5% of these learners managed to get a bachelor’s pass.”

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