South Africans currently have a valid reason for being pleased with the Class of 2010, who have registered a pass rate of 67.8%.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga revealed the final results at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.
This has been a significant change for the better of 7.2 percentage points from the previous year of 60.6% national pass rate, she proclaimed.
“We would like to congratulate the class of 2010, they did us proud! Their unwavering dedication and perseverance is commendable,” Motshekga stated.
“The class of 2010 is genuinely completely unique!”
“We certainly have worked hard to guarantee the credibility of the exams,” Motshekga added. “Umalusi organised standardisation of exams on 24 December to make certain that the quality of final results is equivalent to previous years.”
She acknowledged the department’s determination and dedication to alter the status quo of prior results originated from the recognition and understanding that education and learning appeared to be the motivating force of national change and performed a crucial role in enhancing individuals everyday life.
Pass rates for the individual provinces were reassuring in 2010, with all registering a marked improvement from the previous year:
* Gauteng: 78.6% (71.8% in 2009)
* Western Cape: 76.8% (75.7% in 2009)
* North West: 75.7% (67.5% in 2009)
* Northern Cape: 72.3% (61% in 2009)
* KwaZulu-Natal: 70.7% (61.1% in 2009)
* Free State: 70.7% (69.4% in 2009)
* Eastern Cape: 58.3% (51% in 2009)
* Limpopo: 57.9% (48.9% in 2009)
* Mpumalanga: 56.8% (47.9% in 2009)
Motshekga continued to praise and wished the Class of 2011 well, and called upon them to further improve on the matric pass rate.
“The Class of 2010 has demonstrated to us that there is absolutely no mountain we simply cannot climb when we are up for the challenge,” she proclaimed, adding that pupils, parents, teachers and all South African citizens really should pull together with each other to help and support all students, from Grade 1 up to Grade 12.
She continued to mention that there would be a more intense focus on making improvements to overall performance in maths and science, school infrastructure as well as the fundamental functionality of all schools.
“Along with resources allocated by the Cabinet at the end of 2010, we are going to be in a position to begin the process of dealing with unacceptable adn unacceptable school structures,” Motshekga pointed out. “We will construct and renovate laboratories, libraries, specialist rooms and administration blocks where there are actually none in existence”.
Motshekga added the fact that textbooks along with other learning and teaching materials had in addition been recognized as a high priority.