Basic Education Minister Angie Motshega says her Department has started taking steps towards the introduction of the General Education Certificate.

The certificate would allow learners, after 10 years of schooling, when completing Grade 9, to access the job market.

She says planning for the introduction of the GEC is at an advantaged state.

Access Motshekga’s full speech here.

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Provincial Education MEC Debbie Schäfer says the number of Western Cape schools, which have obtained a Matric pass rate of less than 60%, have dramatically decreased.

The number of the province’s schools, who failed to obtain this minimum pass mark, have decreased from 52 to 40, in the 2021 National Senior Certificate examinations.

Schäfer says this decrease in the number of under-performing schools shows that all the hard work and commitment is paying off.

Read Schäfer’s full statement here.

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The Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schäfer has encouraged matriculants, who failed their exams or have not obtained their desired results, to make use of the support services available to them.

Schäfer advises Grade 12s to apply for the next session of supplementary examinations to rewrite their exams or improve their results.

She also urges candidates to make use of the Second Chance programme, offered by the Department of Basic Education, to again enroll for examinations.

Read her full statement here.

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The Western Cape has achieved a 81.2% pass rate in the 2021 Grade 12 examinations.

This is a 1.3% increase from the 79.9% pass rate obtained in 2020 National Senior Certificate Examinations.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says the Free State scored the highest pass rate, with 85.7% of Grade 12 in that province passing their Matric.

Gauteng came in second, with an 82,8% pass rate.

Watch the minister’s full media briefing here.

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Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says the Matric pass rate of 76.4% obtained in the November 2021 examinations is testament that the country’s education system is improving.

The Minister announced the pass rate last night, and says this is a slight improvement from 2020’s 76.2%.

Motshekga says the 2019 pass rate, before the Covid-19 pandemic hit, stood at 81.3%.

Watch the minister’s full announcement here.

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