Parliament’s Committee on Basic Education welcomes matric results

The Chairperson of the committee, Nomalungelo Gina

The Portfolio Committee on Basic Education has congratulated the Matric Class of 2018.

The Chairperson of the committee, Nomalungelo Gina, said the committee is excited with the 2018 matric pass mark and calls on the Department of Basic Education to sustain the improvement and the upward trend.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced the results in Gauteng on Thursday evening, where the Gauteng province led the provinces followed by the Free State province.

The matric class of 2018, who sat for the NSC examination, achieved a 78.2% pass rate. The pass rate, which is inclusive of the progressed learners, is a 3.1% improvement from the 75.1% achieved in 2017.

“We have noted the continued improvement of the Grade 12 results since 2014 and especially by the Free State province. But the committee wishes to congratulate the Eastern Cape province for the improvement it has made in the 2018 results.

“This kind of performance by the province is inspiring and should give all those who were involved in the sector comfort and hope that they can do better. Challenges in the system are there, most of which are not education related but impact on the performance of learners. The work that the Minister, MECs and the teachers have put into these results is worth commending” said Gina.

The committee wishes to reiterate its call that more attention should be given to schools that are in rural communities.

An ideal situation will be when top-performers are drawn from all our schools especially in technical subjects and natural sciences.