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Cape Town – The Western Cape dipped below 80% in its matric pass rate for the first time since 2010, slipping from 82.3% in 2019 to 79.9%. However, in both mathematics (70.8 percent) and mathematics literacy (82.9 percent) pass rates, the province recorded rises, as well as getting the top two candidates in mathematics nationally for the second year in a row. mWith 22,634 of the 51,633 candidates who wrote in the Western Cape, which is 43.8 percent compared to 43.6 percent last year, the number of Bachelor’s passes has also risen.

Education MEC Debbie Schäfer said that all provinces saw a decrease in their pass rates-“a comprehensible outcome during a pandemic that severely disrupted worldwide education.” “I am pleased to report that our pass rate has suffered the least of any of the provinces. Our pass rate declined by 2.4 percent compared to last year, to 79.9 percent . This impact is lower than the average national decrease of 5.1 percent , and the lowest decline of any of the provinces,” Schäfer said.

The Deputy Dean of Research of the UWC Education Faculty, Rouaan Maarman, said the successors must be congratulated and it is important to motivate the teachers and schools who have done well to continue in that direction. mIn the background of the pandemic problems, Maarman said the findings were appropriate. The outcomes were much more contextual this year and several stakeholders would research the outcomes further in the future.

Sonica Roux from Outeniqua High School, 2nd place in Quintile 3: Ayabukwa Nombela from Manzomthombo Senior Secondary, Special Ministerial Award: Sonja Jamima Jonkers from Jan Kriel School, 3rd place in Quintile 5 and nationally: Western Cape top candidates. m1st place in Maths: Daniel Alwyn Gouws of Hermanus High School; 2nd place in Maths: Veren Naidoo of Rondebosch Boys’ High School.

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After writing his math papers 2, Daniel, 19, who wants to pursue a career in electronic engineering at Stellenbosch University, said he was excited while nervous. mAnne Marie Gouws, his mother, said the family was excited. After Daniel had written the second article, she said, he struggled to sleep. The fact that the Western Cape has fallen to below 80 percent was a cause for serious concern, ANC provincial education spokesperson Khalid Sayed said.

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