The Western Cape MEC for Education Debbie Schafer has congratulated all learners who achieved their matric under difficult circumstances and amid great uncertainty.
While all provinces saw their pass rates decline – an understandable outcome during a pandemic that severely disrupted schooling around the world – Schafer says the provincial pass rate has suffered the least of any of the provinces. The Western Cape’s pass rate declined by 2.4% compared to last year, to 79.9%.
Schafer says there are many things to celebrate.
The number and percentage of bachelor’s passes in the province has increased, to the highest level ever, of 43.8%.
22 634 of the 51 633 candidates that wrote in the Western Cape achieved a Bachelor pass.
66.6% of learners from Grade 10 in 2018 wrote their matric this year – the highest proportion in the country.
There is also good news on the Mathematics front, with increases in both the Mathematics (70.8%) and Mathematical Literacy (82.9%) pass rates, as well the Western Cape boasting the top two candidates in Mathematics nationally for the second year in a row.
Top candidates in the province:
3rd place in Quintile 5 and Nationally: Sonica Roux (Outeniqua HS)
2nd place in Quintile 3: Ayabukwa Nombela (Manzomthombo SS)
Special Ministerial Award: Sonja Jamima Jonkers (Jan Kriel School)
1st place in Mathematics: Daniel Alwyn Gouws (Hermanus HS)
2nd place in Mathematics: Veren Naidoo (Rondebosch Boys HS)
Learners can collect their results from their schools from midday, 23 February 2021. Alternatively, visit the WCED website to check the results from midday:
“For those candidates that did not achieve their desired results, there are options. I would encourage all learners who did not pass their exams not to give up and to continue doing whatever they can to complete Grade 12.
There are measures in place for anyone who is disappointed to receive counselling, either by approaching their school, which will put them in touch with the relevant people in the district offices, or by phoning the Safe Schools Hotline – 0800 45 46 47.”