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 Department of Education says the first day of the 2021 Matric-examinations kicked off without any disruptions this week.

More than 63,000 Grade 12s sat for English paper one at the province’s examination centers yesterday.

Education MEC, Debbie Schäfer says her department is monitoring the situation on the ground.

Schäfer expressed her concern after Eskom announced the implementation of stage 4 loadshedding yesterday.

Read more here.

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The group of Western Cape matriculants, who this year will sit for the Marine Sciences examinations, will be the first in the country and Africa to write exams in this subject.

Western Cape Education MEC, Debbie Schäfer says the subject was introduced as a pilot-project at three of the province’s schools in 2019.

She says the subject is taught in partnership with the Two Oceans Aquarium.

Read more here.

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World Teachers’ Day is celebrated across the planet today.

The Western Cape Education Department says it will use the whole month of October  to celebrate the province’s teachers.

Education MEC, Debbie Schäfer says teachers need to be acknowledged for the important role they play in the development and growth of any society.

Read more here.

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