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Cape Town-Premier Alan Winde says that after the announcement of the National Senior Certificate (NSC) results, he is proud of the Western Cape matric class achievements of 2020. In a “unprecedented year” in which schools were closed and learning disrupted due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Winde said the matrics of the province managed a remarkable feat. With a passing rate of 79.9 percent, the Western Cape came in third place, a drop of 2.4 percent from 2019.

 

It trailed the Free State with a pass of 85.1 per cent and Gauteng with a pass of 83.8 per cent. The fall in the pass rate was the lowest provincial decline, Winde said, and it was better than the national average decline. He also congratulated the enrollees for increasing the number of bachelor’s passes – taking it to the highest level registered in the province – with a bachelor’s pass being obtained by 43.8 percent of Western Cape matric learners.

 

I am most proud of the fact that the Western Cape has the highest retention rate in the country, with 66% of students who began grade 10 in 2018 completing their matriculation this year. “This means that more young people in our province will have access to more opportunities in the future, together with bachelor’s passes,” Winde said. You have many reasons, beyond the results, to be proud of yourself. A matric class has never before encountered what you have gone through in the past year.

You had your schools closed, you had to adapt to modern forms of learning and you had to deal with the terror and confusion of going back to school in a pandemic. Many of you would have felt tragedy and sorrow as well. He said, “And yet you have not allowed this to stop you from finishing your matric year.” When they go and gather their results, the premier said, he urges them to consider all the difficulties they have faced.

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If your results are not as you wished, please do not give up and explore all the options for completing the matrics available to you. “I would also like to extend a special thanks to all those individuals, parents, caregivers, neighbors, family members and friends, who have supported our matrics as they have worked towards this point,” Winde said. “And finally, I would like to thank the teachers, principals, school staff and officials of the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) who last year went beyond and beyond.” Brian Schreuder, the outgoing WCED Head of Department, said he was pleased that Covid-19’s effect was not more serious.

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